Las Vegas police investigate after body found in tunnel

Updated January 4, 2018 - 2:07 pm

Las Vegas police are investigating the violent death of a man whose body was found in a west valley drainage tunnel on New Year’s Day.

Metropolitan Police Department officers were called about 8:40 a.m. to a drainage tunnel west of Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way where they found a decomposed body under a blanket in an encampment, the department said in a release Thursday.

Initially, nothing appeared suspicious, the release said.

The next day, however, homicide detectives were notified by the Clark County coroner’s office that the man had several broken bones and had suffered a head injury and internal bleeding. Police are investigating the death as a homicide, Metro spokesman Aden Ocampo-Gomez said Thursday afternoon.

“Based on the injuries noted at the autopsy, it was determined the victim died from the injuries,” police wrote in the release.

The body appears to have been in the tunnel for “a couple weeks” before it was discovered by a passer-by, Ocampo-Gomez said. Police believe the man who died was sleeping in the tunnel before his death.

The coroner’s office will release the man’s name, age and the cause and manner of his death.

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