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Special Agent Zaccheus Raymond Sutton | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Zaccheus Raymond Sutton

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, August 28, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: New Mexico

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Special Agent Ray Sutton disappeared while conducting an investigation 20 miles southeast of Raton, New Mexico. His government vehicle was located in a canyon 20 miles from where the suspects were last seen. When one of the suspects was later arrested in Colorado he was in possession of Agent Sutton's government identification.

It is presumed that Agent Sutton was murdered near Raton, New Mexico, but his body was never located.

A suspect was arrested after being found in possession of Special Agent Sutton's check after he attempted to forge a government check issued to Agent Sutton. The man was acquitted at trial when the only witness changed his testimony after being threatened by bootleggers. In 1972 the prime suspect stated that Agent Sutton's body was buried under a new highway being built in the area of Hoxie Junction, near the intersection of State Route 445 and US 64. The prime suspect died in 1973.

Agent Sutton was a Freemason and had served as sheriff for Union County before becoming a federal agent. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. A cenotaph memorial in his honor was erected in Clayton Cemetery, Clayton County, New Mexico.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 18, 2013

 

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