Investigators with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information about an unsolved homicide from 2019.

Chad Begay
Murdered in 2019

Just before 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Mesa Estates Road and Osage Drive in Meadow Lake for a report of a body protruding from beneath a couch on a vacant piece of property to the west of Osage.

The deceased man was identified as Chad Begay, 24, of Albuquerque.

The body was partially buried with a sofa on top of it.

VCSO spokesman Lt. Joseph Rowland said the investigation revealed the death was violent in nature and was ruled a homicide.

The last time investigators know Begay was seen alive was as he was leaving work in Los Lunas at about 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Begay worked at Infinity Custom Upholstery, 3380 N.M. 47, just north of the intersection of N.M. 47 and El Cerro Loop (N.M. 263.)

The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone who may have information on the last known whereabouts of Begay or the circumstances leading to his homicide to contact VCSO Detective Ben Lankasky at 866-2463.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP.

Anonymous videos or photos can be submitted at P3tips.com/531.

If you have any information on this incident, you could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. You will remain completely anonymous.

For more information on who is eligible for reward, contact Sonya Marquez 768-2256.

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Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.