Joplin Businessman No Longer Suspect in New Mexico Murder

8 years 1 week 3 days ago Monday, August 08 2011 Aug 8, 2011 Monday, August 08, 2011 7:58:00 AM CDT August 08, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Police in New Mexico say a 58-year old Joplin businessman is no longer a suspect in a series of deaths in New Mexico.

The bones of 11 women were discovered in 2009 buried in the desert mesa. Police in New Mexico have characterized all but one of the victims as prostitutes and drug addicts.

Sgt. Tricia Hoffman of the Albuquerque police department told The Joplin Globe that police have eliminated Ron Erwin as a suspect. He has never been charged and Hoffman said she could not say why Erwin was investigated. She said the investigation into the deaths is continuing.

Erwin told the Globe he does not know how he became a suspect in the case but he said the experience has been a like a nightmare.

 

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