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Autopsies: 2 found in desert were murdered

Authorities have released the first two autopsies of the 11 people found in a mass grave in the desert west of Albuquerque.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Authorities have released the first two autopsies of the 11 people found in a mass grave in the desert west of Albuquerque.

They confirm that 31-year-old Cinnamon Elks and 22-year-old Michelle Valdez were victims of homicide.

The women's remains, along with those of Valdez's fetus and nine other adults, were found in February at a construction site that was being leveled in preparation for a subdivision. Four of the victims have yet to be identified.

The two autopsies released Thursday by the state Office of the Medical Investigator say Elks and Valdez were killed by "undetermined homicidal violence."

Police are looking for similar crimes elsewhere that may help them solve the case.