Death of unidentified woman on Cohn Lane in Taos under investigation

Taos Police Chief: Initial investigation shows no signs of trauma, foul play

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 6/21/20

Investigators at Taos Police Department are looking into the death of a woman whose body was found on Cohn Lane in Taos Saturday night (June 20).

Taos Police Chief John Wentz confirmed scanner …

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Death of unidentified woman on Cohn Lane in Taos under investigation

Taos Police Chief: Initial investigation shows no signs of trauma, foul play

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Updated June 23 at 12:30 p.m.

Investigators at Taos Police Department are looking into the death of a woman whose body was found in a vehicle on Cohn Lane in Taos Saturday night (June 20).

Taos Police Chief John Wentz confirmed scanner reports overheard Saturday around 8:26 p.m. of a woman's body found somewhere along the street a block north of Cid's Food Market.

According to a dispatch log from June 20, a man called law enforcement to say that he had found his mother dead in a truck. He said his mother had gone to sleep in the vehicle the day before, but appeared to be dead when he went to check on her Saturday evening. The log notes that the woman was in her 50s, but officials have not released her identity.

"For now, all I can say is the initial investigation found no obvious or apparent signs of trauma or foul play," Wentz wrote in an email Sunday morning (June 21).

Wentz said that a woman who reported having been sexually assaulted on June 17 at the same address where the body was found is not the deceased. He did not comment whether there may be any other relationship between the alleged assault and the body found on Sunday.

Multiple agencies responded to Cohn Lane Saturday night. One first responder reported "She's very 10-7," the police code used interchangeably to indicate "out of service" or "deceased." Taos Pueblo tribal police were also contacted.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator was dispatched to look into the woman's cause of death.

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