ROSWELL, N.M. — A New Mexico man accused of fatally shooting his wife and four daughters in their family home and then fleeing in his truck has possibly been taken into custody in Mexico, authorities said Sunday.
Juan David Villegas-Hernandez had been on the run since the five victims were found dead, Roswell police said.
A relative who went to check on the family late Saturday discovered the bodies, police spokesman Todd Wildermuth said. Officers responded and found all five had suffered gunshot wounds.
A medical examiner will conduct autopsies to confirm the victims’ identities and cause of death. But police believe they are Villegas-Hernandez’s wife and the couple’s children, Wildermuth said. Investigators say the suspect and his 34-year-old wife share four daughters ages 14, 11, 7 and 3.
The shooting likely occurred earlier in the day, Wildermuth said.
Wildermuth said Mexican authorities alerted his department that they might have Villegas-Hernandez in custody. But, he said, his department has yet to confirm the in-custody suspect’s identity. His detectives hope to confirm on Monday.
Villegas-Hernandez was suspected of fleeing in a red, four-door Ford pickup with New Mexico license plate KJS479.