Police: Clovis woman died from stab wounds

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Posted: Nov 13, 2014 6:44 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A 23-year-old woman whose body was found along a walking path at a city park in southern New Mexico had been stabbed to death, authorities said Thursday.

Preliminary autopsy results announced by Clovis police provided new details about the mysterious death of Ariel Ulibarri, but investigators have yet to identify any suspects.

Police don't know if Ulibarri was killed by someone she knew or if it was a random attack, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. "Nothing has been ruled out at this point in the investigation as far as suspect development," he said.

Forensic experts are examining Ulibarri's cellphone and looking through her text messages for clues. The woman's 6-year-old son was found unharmed in the facility's parking lot.

Other evidence found at the scene has been sent to the state crime lab for analysis. Officials say it could take weeks before lab results are returned.

Police also are examining surveillance video footage from around Goodwin Lake Trails.

Authorities found Ulibarri's body on Sunday after people heard screams at the Goodwin Lake Trails Walking Park.

Police Sgt. Daron Roach said police patrol the park but have had few if any calls about trouble in the 40-acre facility, which opened in 2011.

The area around the trail gets little maintenance because it's intended to be a nature trail, parks director Mark Dayhoff said.