New Mexico State Police have captured two Taos County men suspected in the murder of three people at a residence near Dixon in Río Arriba County ...
Updated June 2 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 captured two Taos County men suspected in the murder of three people found dead at a residence near Dixon this week.
State police agents arrested John Powell, 34, of Taos and Roger Gage, 33, of Arroyo Hondo around 7 p.m. Friday (June 1) on Millicent Rogers Road in El Prado.
The agents spotted the men in a white 1987 Volkswagen Rabbit and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. Both arrests were made without incident, according to state police.
Powell and Gage each face three counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.
The men will be booked at the Río Arriba County Adult Detention Center. In coming days, they will be interviewed by investigators, who have spent the past 48 hours working the case under a shroud of secrecy.
As of Friday night, many key details were still unknown.
Police have not yet released the names or manner of death of the three individuals found dead this week at a residence in Cañoncito, a small neighborhood two miles east of Dixon.
"The names of the victims will not be released until the Office of the Medical Investigator has provided positive identification and all family members have been properly notified," the release states.
The family of one victim, however, identified by the family as April Browne, 42, released a statement Friday evening (June 1).
"We are still reeling from the news of her death," the statement reads, "and will need time to really understand what happened and to mourn her."
Browne attended high school in Taos, where she graduated valedictorian, according to the release. She spent much of her life in and around Dixon and Taos. Browne had two children. She was an avid cook and jewelry maker.
But the family said Browne had also fallen prey to drug addiction.
"She was also an addict whose life choices probably led to her death," the statement reads. "We know we are not the only family to suffer the loss of a loved one because of the world of drugs and our hearts are with the other families involved, but we really hope that we could be the last."
The family did not specify what types of drugs Browne had used, but their statement seems to add weight to widespread speculation that the killings were drug related.
One member of the family said police had described the case as "not a normal murder."
Suspects Powell and Gage both appear in New Mexico court records, but neither for violent crimes.
According to Gage's public Facebook page, he had planned to open a gun repair business in El Prado in 2014.
State police have said they will not be providing further details about the investigation at this time.
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