Portales police still investigating death

The Portales Police Department is still classifying the death of a 48-year-old Portales man as suspicious.

James McCulley, 48, was found dead by his 51-year-old girlfriend in her apartment around 5:15 p.m on July 4 in the 700 block of East Brazos Street.

Police are continuing to classify the death as suspicious. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said, following receipt of an autopsy that indicated no obvious sign of death. Berry said it was the same standard the department used when it originally classified the death as suspicious.

The department could be waiting for up to a month, Berry said, for a corresponding toxicology report from the Office of the Medical Investigator.