The FBI confirmed Wednesday that five bodies found on Santa Ana Pueblo over the past few days were those of two sisters and their three young daughters who had been reported missing from Albuquerque last week.
FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said relatives identified the bodies as those of Vanessa George, 25; her two daughters, Zoe Becenti, 4, and Chloe Becenti, 1; her sister, Leticia George, 20, and Leticia’s daughter, Haliegh Toledo, 3. He said the Office of the Medical Investigator will make the definitive determination.
Fisher did not say how the women and children died, but he had previously said that “foul play by another party is not suspected at this time.”
He would not elaborate on what that statement means.
He said the autopsies are pending, and the case is still under investigation.
Fisher would not comment on how the group ended up on pueblo land or what happened before the deaths.
Meanwhile, the Santa Ana Pueblo released a statement Wednesday saying that the women and children were not tribal members or affiliated with the pueblo in any way.
“The Pueblo has no information as to how or why they found their way onto Pueblo lands, and it is very unsettling to the Pueblo that some or all of the actions that led to these deaths may have occurred on its lands,” according to the statement.
The pueblo said it would continue to make resources available to law enforcement as the investigation continues and expressed its condolences to the George family.
“We are very sorry for this terrible tragedy, and hope that the circumstances that led to it will be fully determined in the future,” the statement reads.
This article has been updated to reflect the correct age of Haliegh Toledo. Police had previously provided an incorrect age.