Special Agent Zaccheus Raymond Sutton

Special Agent Zaccheus Raymond Sutton

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

End of Watch Thursday, August 28, 1930

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Zaccheus Raymond Sutton

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.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 2400

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Mexico
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted


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Of all of the numerous, numerous amazing men and women I have come across on this unbelievable site, and of all of the numerous reflections I have left, I am not sure that I have come across one whose body was never recovered. Agent Sutton, I know you are in a better place surrounded by numerous other heroes like yourself, but always know that your law enforcement brethren will never forget who you are and the sacrifice you made. Thank you for your service and rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 28, 2020

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