Santa Fe Police are making progress in an especially violent case.
They are asking the public to help them find whomever is responsible for brutally beating a man within inches of his life.
Police said the victim in this case was left for dead. As a warning, the images of his injuries are disturbing.
Santa Fe Police said a security guard was making her rounds near the Souper Salad on Cerrillos Road when she found a man badly beaten, in a pool of blood.
"He was left there overnight just bleeding, nobody called police, nobody tried to help him, and he could have died," said Celina Westervelt, spokesperson for the Santa Fe Police Department.
The 50-year-old man was rushed to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center where he went through surgery, and received more than 30 stitches. When he woke up, detectives said the victim didn't remember what happened to him.
He had a large gash on his forehead, and a three-inch-by-three-inch cut on the back of his head.
"He really really was just on the cusp of dying," Westervelt told KRQE News 13.
Investigators said the man does remember one thing; meeting a man on a bus earlier, and going to Smiths to buy alcohol.
Surveillance video captured there shows the person of interest walking out right behind a manager. Police said the victim was seen with the man in the surveillance video, and found the next morning very close to the Smiths in the same shopping center area.
Detectives would like to talk to the man seen in surveillance to learn more about what happened. The man is believed to be Native American, with a stalky build and salt and pepper hair, and is seen in surveillance wearing a checkered blue and grey jacket.
"Its not likely this was an accident, its not likely that the victim did this to himself or fell or some sort of scenario, so it had to be violent aggressive and on purpose," explained Westervelt.
Police said nothing appeared to be stolen from the victim. They don't know what the man was beaten with or why.
"He still has no idea what happened to him that night," said Westervelt. "He's seen the video, seen the person of interest, has no idea who he is, no idea what happened or what evolved."
Westervelt said the victim in this case is out of the hospital and is expected to be alright, despite his short-term memory loss.
Police said whoever is responsible for the beating will face aggravated assault charges, and possibly a charge of attempted murder.