Updated: Body found on side of the road near Clovis; police say it is a homicide investigation

A Chaves County man is the prime suspect in the death of a man whose body ended up in a ditch east of Clovis. Deputies want to speak with 24 year old Brandon H. Barela. They call the death a homicide.

The Curry County Sheriff's Office and the Ninth Judicial District Attorney are still investigating the discovery of a body east of Clovis.

Curry County officials say they're on the way to making a positive identification of the body of a man they believe was murdered.

Their day began early with a gruesome discovery.

Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray says they arrived on the scene around 7:00 Thursday morning where they found a body lying on the side of the road.

Officials won't officially confirm many details of the discovery, pending an autopsy and notification of next of kin.

What we know from eyewitnesses is that the intersection backed up with traffic in the morning because of the investigation.

Eyewitnesses say the body was loaded into a white van and transported to the Muffley Funeral Home in Clovis. It was at the home when we arrived.

The at The University of New Mexico where an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner.