CARLSBAD — A 19-year-old Hobbs man was found dead in the Pecos River Sunday after rescuers investigated a car submerged in the water.
The body of Thiessen Lambert was discovered by the Carlsbad Fire Department Dive Team at about 10 a.m., after they were called to the area of Riverside Drive and North Mesa Street.
Tire marks at the scene showed the car was traveling north when it struck a utility trailer and fell into the water, read a news release from the Carlsbad Police Department.
Carlsbad Police Lt. Jon Blackmon said Lambert was found inside the car, and was likely the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident.
“Every indication is that he was the driver,” Blackmon said. “He was the only occupant.”
The cause of the incident is still being investigated, police said. It was unclear if alcohol or speeding was a factor in the crash, Blackmon said.
Blackmon said police are awaiting results from Lambert’s autopsy to determine if he drowned in the accident or if there was another cause of death.
He said autopsy results can take several weeks to be finalized.
Meanwhile, Blackmon said police are processing several pieces of evidence from the scene and inside the car, while also speaking with witnesses.
A search warrant was filed, Blackmon said, for access to the vehicle.
“We still have evidence we need to collect,” he said. “Our interviews were somewhat limited, so we’ll be having more conversations in the future.”
Accidents along the Pecos River that result in submerged vehicles are rare, Blackmon said.
“It’s not common at all,” he said. “It’s just something that happened.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Det. Patrick Bryan or Lt. Jon Blackmon at 575-885-2111.
Anonymous tips can be given to Crimestoppers of Eddy County at 575-887-1888, or by text to CRIMES (274637) using the code word StopACrime with the tip.