Albuquerque law enforcement officers were dispatched to a local Walmart store last week after a security guard discovered a mutilated body missing the head and several body parts on the premises while patrolling. Police officers have identified the victim as Clifford Miller, aged 42.
After the authorities launched an investigation into the matter, they were able to determine that the man had traveled to Albuquerque after a company hired him to do labor work one month prior to his death. After he lost his job, Clifford Miller was left with no money to return to McAlester, Oklahoma, his hometown, and no place to stay. According to a friend, he got robbed twice, losing his phone in the process, as well.
A few days later, on Saturday, December 17th, a security guard found his naked body missing his head and genitals behind a local Walmart on Wyoming and Menaul NE. The head was not at the crime scene, and police officers have been unable to recover it since, says a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, Fred Duran.
A friend of Mr. Miller, Carlos Atencio met the victim the day after he lost his job. According to his story, the man was carrying around a large bag of clothing when Mr. Atencio spotted him. Seeing that the victim had no money, Carlos Atencio bought him a coffee and a sandwich and started talking to Clifford Miller. He learned that he was staying at the Westside shelter and could not afford the $140 bus ticket to return home.
Carlos Atencio told law enforcement officers that he allowed Clifford Miller to keep his bags at his apartment in downtown Albuquerque and kept in touch ever since. However, last week, Mr. Miller asked his benefactor if he could spend the night on his apartment’s floor since he missed the bus. Carlos Atencio refused. Now, he fears that he might be the last person to see Clifford Miller alive.
According to the police department, Clifford Miller was most likely targeted by individuals who go only after homeless people. Fred Duran says that the public is safe from Mr. Miller’s murderer. Police records show that roughly half a dozen homeless people were murdered in Albuquerque in recent years. However, because Mr. Miller’s case is unprecedented, Fred Duran says that investigators don’t have much to go on.
“This is an isolated crime. We haven’t had any other like this”, said Fred Duran.
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