LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Investigation continues into how a teen drowned in a Los Lunas canal over the weekend and now police are looking to serve a warrant.
Police say 19-year old Matthew Mares of Albuquerque drowned early Saturday morning in the Highline Canal near Adela Avenue and Canal Boulevard SW in Los Lunas.
While police say they do not suspect foul play they are looking to search some seized evidence.
Police found Mares body near a small bridge around 8 a.m. Saturday morning, six hours after he went underwater. Officers described the water flow during the incident as exceptionally dangerous.
"At the time of the incident it was all the way up to, I guess where you could see the shrubbery growing and the flow was just so fast that it sounded almost like white water rapids," said Sgt. Frank Lucero of the Los Lunas Police Department.
Officers say they are looking into other factors that lead to the drowning, particularly alcohol. Police say the Office of the Medical examiner will conduct an autopsy and a toxicology test on Mares' body. They will also look at other evidence taken at the scene.
"We will be trying to get a search warrant for a vehicle to hopefully further our investigation," said Lt. Naithan Gurule of the Los Lunas Police Department.
Investigators say that vehicle may give them clues as to what lead up to the incident. They say Mares and the 911 caller were friends and that they weren't the only ones there.
"Mr. Mares was with four other people who we believe to be friends of his," said Lt. Gurule.
Police say it's unclear what the group was doing at the canal but they say so far, they have been cooperative. Mares friends took to Twitter over the weekend, posting messages like "rest in peace" and "gone but not forgotten."
Police say the incident shows just how quickly and how deadly New Mexico's water ways can be.
"This is right in the middle of farming season so there is a constant pressure of water coming through the ditches and that's very dangerous," said Lt. Gurule.
Police say the vehicle search should happen in the coming days but it will take several weeks before the toxicology reports come back.
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