A woman on East Don Filigonio Street called police shortly after noon on Aug. 17, after seeing her neighbor partially sitting in his vehicle.
Española Police Officers Mark Webb and Andrea Dobyns responded to the call regarding a man down. When they arrived, they spoke with the woman who placed the call, later identified as Beverly Garcia.
She said she saw her neighbor, Danny Archuleta, 46, laying inside of a truck and she wasn’t sure if he was breathing. The man’s girlfriend, April Olivas, was also on scene when the officers arrived.
“I could see a male leaned over the driver seat to a gold truck that was parked in front of the residence,” Webb wrote in his incident report. “The driver side door was open leaned against power lines and the male, later identified as Mr. Danny Archuleta was partially standing from outside the vehicle.”
The scene was secured and paramedics arrived to examine Archuleta. They determined that he did not have any signs of life and neither CPR nor first aid was necessary. The Office of the Medical Investigator was then called.
Webb spoke to Archuleta’s family and was told that he had no major medical issues.
“Mr. Archuleta was last spoken to at around 0700 when Ms. Olivas left for work and a family member received a photo from him at approximately 0952 hours,” Webb wrote. “The last person to see Mr. Archuleta was the neighbor, Ms. Garcia at 1030 hours, who witnessed him in the same position described he was in (sic) when I arrived on scene.”
Chris Martinez of the OMI arrived around 1:20 p.m. and began his investigation.
“There was concern for past prescription drug use due to back injuries and suspicion of self medicating,” Webb wrote.
Cannabis and an empty, unlabeled prescription bottle were found on the passenger side floorboard of Archuleta’s truck. Because of the nature of the incident, Martinez said an autopsy would be ordered. There were no indications that Archuleta’s death warranted a criminal investigation and according to Webb’s report, it was believed to be medically related.