Police Briefs


Man's body found in woods near Beeline

Gila County Sheriff's deputies found a deceased man lying in the snow, west of Highway 87 and south of Houston Mesa Road Friday evening.

The man was identified as Mervin Govenor, 38, of Oregon. He was visiting friends in the area.

Gila County Sheriff's Detective George Ratliff said there were no signs of foul play. Officials are waiting for lab results to determine the exact cause of the man's death.

Two not yet charged in death of infant

The investigation involving the death of a 2-month-old infant is ongoing. County Attorney Daisy Flores said the two individuals arrested for second-degree murder -- Nichole Ploughe, 18, and her boyfriend, Justin P. Valencia, 19, have yet to be formally charged. The two have been released from jail.

Flores said she has spoken to the doctors who treated the infant, but she is still waiting for a review of the case, which includes an autopsy report.

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