Essential questions as to what happened at a residence east of Dixon in Río Arriba County where three people were found dead Wednesday night (May 30) remain unanswered more than 24 hours into a New Mexico State Police investigation …
Updated June 1 at 8 p.m.: The Office of the Medical Investigator identified April Browne, 42, of Taos, Abraham Martinez, 36, of Dixon, and Kieren Guillemin, 27, of Vadito as the three murder victims late Saturday (June 2). New Mexico State Police have also arrested two Taos County men in connection to the alleged murders.
Essential questions as to what happened at a residence east of Dixon in Río Arriba County, where three people were found dead Wednesday night (May 30), remained unanswered as of late Friday night (June 1).
Three bodies were wheeled away on gurneys from the Cañoncito home early Thursday afternoon (May 31), though state police officer Ray Wilson said it might take days for the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator to come back with positive identifications and causes of death.
Details uncovered initially at the crime scene have prompted state police to investigate the deaths as homicides. As of late Friday, however, those details, including the identities of those who died and how they died, remain unknown – even to those who believe they lost family or friends in the still unexplained incident.
Roxanne Sanchez of Vadito told the The Santa Fe New Mexican she believes one of the three victims found Thursday (May 31) in the adobe house near Dixon is her former boyfriend, Kierin Guillemin, a local farmer.
Kristen Davenport, co-owner of the Boxcar Farm in nearby Llano, told The New Mexican that Guillemin had worked for her. She said she became worried when Guillemin didn't appear for work early this week. One of Guillemin's friends called Davenport after driving by the house Wednesday and seeing Guillemin's red pickup parked outside, she said.
"It was not a house that either of us was interested in approaching because of the reputation it had for what was going on there," Davenport told The New Mexican. She said she called state police and asked them to conduct a welfare check on Guillemin.
Kevin Duckworth, a relative of another possible victim, identified by Duckworth as April Browne Friday evening (June 1), said a detective told his family "this was not a normal murder."
Shirley Atencio, librarian at The Dixon Public Library, was born in the area. She said concerns surrounding drug activity and related crime in the Embudo Valley have been on the rise in recent years. But, this week's events have been no less stunning to her community.
She said the library recently sponsored a community watch program to combat what Atencio described as a subculture fueled by the drug problem, which she, too, believes may be related to this week's suspicious deaths.
"It's tragic," Atencio said. "We hope this is an opportunity to address the drug culture, if that's what it is."
Like other Dixon residents, Atencio is still grappling with what happened this week. She hesitated to go on record to speculate as to how the three people died or who they might be.
On Friday, police and onlookers had vacated the once crowded crime scene surrounding the home, which is located on a hill surrounded by scrub brush, piñon and cactus along Embudo Creek.
Ripped up police tape snaked across the yard. Crime scene markers had been removed. Little remained to indicate that a crime was under investigation there. In the dirt near the edge of the driveway, someone had laid three roses.
Reporter Jesse Moya contributed to this report.
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