A cause had yet to be determined as of press time September 5 in a helicopter crash that killed three people Saturday morning, August 31.
The crash occurred along State Hwy. 187 in the King Canyon area, between Las Palomas and Caballo.
The New Mexico State Police said that all three people on board the privately-owned helicopter died in the crash.
The victims have been identified as William Brownfield, 61, of Caballo, Duane Zietlow, 78, of Elephant Butte and the pilot, Ebenezer Priebe, 34, of Tucson, Arizona.
The case, still under investigation, has been turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.