FORT SUMNER, N.M. (AP) - A deputy running for sheriff in De Baca County in eastern New Mexico has died.
Deputy Mylessa Denny was found unresponsive lying in the parking lot of the sheriff's office in Fort Sumner after getting off from work late Tuesday. She was pronounced dead at a hospital in Clovis.
Representatives for the hospital and the state Office of the Medical Investigator confirmed the death, and OMI Operations Director Amy Boule (boo-LAY') says an autopsy will determine cause of death.
Denny defeated incumbent Sheriff Dennis Cleaver in the June Democratic primary. Another deputy has filed to run as a write-in candidate in the November general election.
If elected Denny would have been New Mexico's first elected female sheriff since the 1960s.
Denny was 39 and an Army veteran.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.