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Police say man may have been living with corpse

SANTA FE – New details from a death investigation in Nambe suggest that a woman found inside a home had been dead for several weeks and that the person of interest being sought by police may have been living there with her dead body.

State Police Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo said in a statement Thursday that a woman was found dead in a home on Arroyo Nambe Street in Nambe on Sept. 27. Armijo said officers did not know who the woman was or how she died, but said they were looking for Robert Mondrian-Powell, a.k.a Robert Boykin, who may have ties to Las Cruces or El Paso.

Mondrian-Powell

Mondrian-Powell

According to a search warrant affidavit filed in Santa Fe District Court on Thursday, a 2010 Kia registered to Elvira Segura of Nambe was found abandoned in Las Cruces on Sept. 24 with the windows rolled down and the keys still inside. A witness told officers that a stocky, older male wearing a hat was walking away from the car.

State Police did a welfare check on Segura’s home on Arroyo Nambe on Sept. 27, but no one answered the door. Officers saw flies inside the house and noticed an odor coming through a cracked window, the affidavit says. Police executed a search warrant and entered the house through an open window.

Officers found a dead female in a bathroom with blood splatter nearby. Suspected blood was seen from the attached greenhouse on the east side of the dwelling all the way into the kitchen. Officers also found a dead dog in a bedroom and correspondence belonging to someone named Robert Boykin.

An autopsy revealed that the woman had been dead for “weeks” based on the level of decomposition. Two different neighbors told officers that they heard gunshots sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight about three weeks prior to the body being discovered. They also said the woman who owned the house lived with a man named “Bob,” who was a stocky, older man who “frequently wore a hat.”

Neighbors told police that “Bob” held a yard sale at the house from about Sept. 11 to 16 but did not see Segura around, leading officers to believe the yard sale occurred while the body was in the house. The same neighbors said they hadn’t seen Segura in about a month, but added that wasn’t unusual.

Robert Mondrian-Powell has been booked into the Santa Fe County jail in the past for DWI and drinking in public while Robert Boykin, a man who looks very similar to Mondrian-Powell, has previously spent time in the jail for shoplifting.

Armijo did not confirm if the body belongs to Segura or if police were still looking for “Bob” on Monday.

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