INVESTIGATORS OBTAIN NEW WARRANT TO SEARCH EXPLOSION SITE FOR EVIDENCE

INVESTIGATORS OBTAIN NEW WARRANT TO SEARCH EXPLOSION SITE FOR EVIDENCE

As part of an ongoing multiple-agency criminal investigation into an Oct. 23 home-explosion site east of Las Cruces, the Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department has obtained and executed a search warrant to re-enter the property. Investigators will look for specific items that could help determine the origin and cause of the blast.

Although considered a crime scene, the property at 4852 Deadwood Cam Court was turned back over to the owners, Paul and Kim Hering, on Oct. 29.

Once additional evidence is obtained, it will be sent to a crime laboratory for forensic testing. The exact cause of the explosion will not be released until all the evidence is comprehensively processed and the associated criminal investigation reaches its conclusion.

The Herings have retained an attorney, and they have refused to take a polygraph test on their attorney’s advice.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department and the Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department are the lead investigating agencies, with assistance from the FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office.

No injuries were reported when the massive explosion occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Miner’s Ridge subdivision of the Talavera area east of Las Cruces. The 4,419-square-foot house was located on a 1.62-acre lot and was valued by the Doña Ana County Assessor’s Office at approximately $725,000.

No further information is available for release at this time. All media contact remains coordinated through the Dona Ana County Public Information Office.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.