Woman arrested in link with NM woman's death - Albuquerque Journal

Woman arrested in link with NM woman's death

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Valencia County Sheriff's Office officials announced at a news conference Monday that a second person has been arrested in connection with a New Mexico woman's death.

Maria Guadalupe Nevarez Aguilera, 49, was taken into custody in Garden City, Kansas, on Saturday, said Rashad Pearson, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. Her cousin Rosalio Aguilera Gamboa – the victim's husband – was also arrested in connection with the case. He has been charged with an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and child abuse, according to court records.

Karla Aguilera, of Tome, was found dead last week. Her husband and his cousin have been charged in her death (NMSP)

Nevarez Aguilera was arrested on suspicion of accessory to homicide and harboring or aiding a felon, according to the Associated Press.

Karla Aguilera, a 37-year-old from Tome who was married to Aguilera Gamboa, was found dead about 20 feet off Highway 60 in Torrance County on Wednesday, according to a criminal complaint filed in Valencia County Magistrate Court. She had been shot four times, according to the complaint.

Aguilera's daughters had reported her missing Sept. 6. They told police they hadn't seen their mother in two days. They said their stepfather, Aguilera Gomboa, had told the family Aguilera was staying at a hotel but he wouldn't tell them which one.

Deputies who responded to the Aguilera home found that the master bedroom had been “torn apart,” according to the complaint.

New Mexico State Police on Sept. 7 issued a missing endangered advisory seeking help finding Aguilera.

The complaint says Aguilera Gomboa has a pending domestic violence charge. Aguilera was the victim in that case, according to court records.

Valencia County officials announced Nevarez Aguilera's arrest Monday morning. Pearson on Monday morning said both suspects remain in custody in Kansas.

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