Taos Pueblo man found dead behind Applebee's


Emergency responders were dispatched to the 800 block of Paseo Del Pueblo Sur in Taos Wednesday (July26) around 6:30 a.m. after they received a call of an unresponsive male.

Police at the scene said the man, Russell Lujan, 47, of Taos Pueblo, died sometime early in the morning of natural causes. Interim Taos Police Chief David Maggio later said the incident was treated as an unattended death.

"These are transients who sleep back there and drink back there," Maggio said. "No foul play is suspected."

Maggio said others who were with Lujan called 911 immediately after they woke up and found him unresponsive.

Police at the scene said officers frequently respond to calls in the area behind the old Applebee's building and individuals living in the area have even built a small shelter learning against a fence in the back of the lot.