ARTESIA, N.M (KRQE) - Police are investigating a mysterious death in southeastern New Mexico. A man was found dead Monday morning in his Artesia home.
On Tuesday police searched for clues at the victim's home on West Richardson, where 50-year old Timothy Wallace was found dead.
No one was there when Wallace died to tell police what happened to him.
"I saw him the other day and gave him his Christmas present," Wallace's cousin, Doris Lockler
Police said two acquaintances found him just before ten Monday morning with an injury to his head, but right now, they're not revealing what kind of injury he'd suffered.
"There's quite an investigation that's happening right now, collecting physical evidence and collecting witness statements," explained Sgt. Lindell Smith, of the Artesia Police Department.
Police said they're working with the office of the medical investigator to determine exactly how Wallace died. Smith did say police had enough information to determine he did not die of natural causes.
Detectives are treating the case as a homicide.
Wallace's neighbors described their small street as a mostly quiet one.
Dust on Wallace's door reveals a large boot print; an outline left from police searching for prints. Family members are concerned the print suggests something violent may have happened.
Those close with Wallace are still in shock. "Bless his heart, I just--he's going to be missed," said Lockler. "I don't understand this, I just hope he didn't suffer, that's all I'm praying for, that he didn't suffer."
So far police have no suspects.
There were three murders in Artesia last year, and this is the first homicide investigation there this year.
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