Runnels, approximately 2014
Date reported missing : 10/17/2014
Missing location (approx) :
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 42 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Runnels disappeared from Carlsbad, New Mexico on October 16, 2014. On April 22, 2020, his skeletal remains were found near the George Shoup Relief Route.
On April 24, Brett J. Roark was charged with murder and evidence tampering in Runnels's death. He told investigators that a second man, who hasn't been publicly identified, shot Runnels in the chest at Runnels's home, and that he helped dispose of the body and clean the crime scene. Roark is awaiting trial; no one else has been charged as of yet.
Other information and links : ncy
Carlsbad Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
New Mexico Department of Public Safety
The Carlsbad Current Argus
Crime Stoppers of Eddy County
Facebook pageheader for Brian Runnels
News West 9
October 12, 2004. July 6, 2020; case resolved.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map