State Police spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said officers responded to an incident near the five-mile post on the Hatch Highway at about 9:45 Monday morning.
Gutierrez said a vehicle caught fire while traveling east. At some point the car left the roadway and struck a fence.
Gutierrez said that after the fire was extinguished by local fire fighters, a deceased body was located in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Gutierrez said the deceased has yet to be positively identified and cause of death has not been released.
Initial reports from other motorists indicated that the fire was inside the vehicle and not in the engine area.
The case has been turned over to the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau for further investigation.