‘SUSPICIOUS’ BACKPACK DEEMED A NON-THREAT, AREA CLEARED

‘SUSPICIOUS’ BACKPACK DEEMED A NON-THREAT, AREA CLEARED

Doña Ana County Fire and emergency crews, along with the Doña Ana County Bomb Squad, has determined that a backpack located in a neighborhood north of Las Cruces did not contain anything suspicious or dangerous, according to first responders at the scene.

The intersection at North Valley Drive and Jeanne Court has been reopened and a shelter-in-place order at East Picacho Elementary has been lifted, according to school officials.

A neighbor in the area reportedly saw a pink and black backpack hanging on a fence around 7:30 Tuesday morning and decided to call 911. Doña Ana County Deputy Fire Marshal Eric Crespin said all standard procedures and protocols were followed in mitigating the situation.

The Doña Ana County Bomb Squad used robotic technology to determine that all contents of the backpack were not life-threatening.

Las Cruces Public Schools has reportedly taken possession of the backpack. All traffic in the area has returned to normal.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.