NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Back in January, a Curry County deputy’s death marked just one of two New Mexico law enforcement officers to have died from COVID-19. Since then, the family of Deputy Bryan Vannatta, 34, has fought to access his line-of-duty death benefits amid a dispute with insurance.

A recent KRQE News 13 investigation takes a closer look at the struggle Vannatta’s family has experienced, and the bureaucratic problems that have arisen after his death. Investigative Reporter Ann Pierret recently discussed the story in the KRQE News 13 Digital Studio.

Watch the video on this page for a complete investigative discussion about Ann’s story. For more context about this discussion, watch and read Ann’s complete story on The story is titled: “Insurance: New Mexico deputy’s COVID-19 death not line of duty.”

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“Behind the Story,” is KRQE News 13’s online exclusive web series, giving viewers a more detailed look into the process and the work that goes into KRQE News 13’s investigative reports. For more segments on prior stories, visit the KRQE News 13 Investigates page by clicking this link.