Published: 11:55 am, Tue. Aug. 6th, 2019
The man whose remains were found Sunday west of the 900 block of Bowman Drive in Artesia had been reported missing out of Connecticut “for several weeks,” the Artesia Police Department says.
The individual, whose name is now being listed as Ryan Russell Clauss, 25, of Connecticut, was found around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and has been transported to Albuquerque for autopsy.
Cmdr. Lindell Smith of the APD says that, at this time, it is difficult for investigators to determine how long the remains had been in the vacant lot.
“Forensic scientists will examine them,” Smith said. “In the report they prepare, the time frame may be a little more clear.”
Generally, autopsy reports take between six to 12 weeks to receive from the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Many Artesians reported having noticed what appeared to be an abandoned vehicle in the area – near the Artesia Aquatic Center – for several days, and Smith confirmed that vehicle belonged to Clauss.
However, at the time, the APD had no probable cause to investigate the vehicle, as it was parked legally on private property.
Smith says the car was examined via search warrant once Clauss’ remains were found, and “no direct evidence was seized from within it concerning the man’s death.”
The APD is urging anyone with potential information about Clauss or the days leading up to the discovery of his body to contact the APD Detective Division at 746-5000.