Partner: Late deputy had military injuries

FORT SUMNER, N.M. (AP) — The partner of a 39-year-old De Baca County sheriff's deputy who died this month says previous injuries from military service were likely a factor.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( that Christi Scovel said Tuesday an autopsy found that Mylessa Denny died after a blood clot traveled from her leg to her lung, then to her heart.

Denny, who last month won the Democratic primary for De Baca County sheriff, was found unresponsive July 12 near her squad car in the sheriff's office parking lot.

Scovel says Denny's service-related injuries included a stab wound to her arm and two gunshot wounds — one to the lung and another to the chest.

Officials said the state Office of the Medical Investigator had not completed Denny's autopsy report.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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