Between The Lines

Man Drowns In Ditch Trying to Save Mannequin(?)

via KOAT7

KOAT7 Action News had one objective and one objective only when it wrote the headline, “Body found floating in arroyo leads to homicide investigation” — they didn’t want you thinking this was recreational floating. This was homicidal floating.

“The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred Monday afternoon after a call of a body floating in an arroyo,” the article began. 

Fifty-five words later they revealed that authorities were called not because of one body non-recreationally floating in the ditch, but two.

“According to officials, Albuquerque Fire Rescue was alerted that there was a person in the Flood Channel near Claremont and Algadones NE. Albuquerque Fire Rescue at that time deployed its Flood Channel Rescue Stations to its designated staging areas and prepared for a rescue. Initial reports were of possibly two people in the Flood Channel. A mannequin and an adult male were spotted further down the Hahn Arroyo, and the male appeared to be deceased and non-viable.”

The mannequin was also non-viable.

Though no additional information was provided, an updated version of the story clarified that law enforcement was no longer investigating the incident as a homicide because the body lacked evidence of trauma. A toxicology report may reveal more.

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