State police investigate triple homicide near Dixon

By John Miller and Jesse Moya
jmiller@taosnews.com, jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 5/31/18

New Mexico State Police are investigating a triple homicide at a residence east of Dixon in Río Arriba County ...

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State police investigate triple homicide near Dixon

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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 also arrested two Taos County men in connection to the alleged murders.

New Mexico State Police began investigating a triple homicide at a residence east of Dixon in Río Arriba County Thursday (May 31).

Roxanne Sanchez of Vadito told the Santa Fe New Mexican that she believes one of the three victims found Wednesday in an adobe house near Dixon is her former boyfriend and farmer Kierin Guillemin.

Kristen Davenport, co-owner of the Boxcar Farm in nearby Llano, told The New Mexican that Guillemin worked for her. She said she grew worried about him when Guillemin didn't appear as usual for work on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

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 called New Mexico State Police, she said and asked them to conduct a welfare check on Guillemin.

The relative of another possible victim, who did not yet want to give his name until identities of the victims are confirmed by police, said a detective told a family member "this was not a normal murder."

According to New Mexico State Police Officer Ray Wilson, an unidentified individual familiar with House #107 on State Road 580 discovered the bodies inside the home around 8 p.m. Wednesday (May 30).

Wilson said the names of the deceased and their causes of death will be released after further investigation, but according to a press release from the agency, all are currently being investigated as "possible homicides."

Officers arrived at the residence around 8 a.m. Thursday morning (May 31) and unrolled crime scene tape around the house, which is located on a hill surrounded by scrub brush, piñon and cactus two miles east of Dixon along Embudo Creek.

Meanwhile, investigators could be seen placing yellow crime scene markers around the property as they waited for a search warrant to be approved to enter the home and examine the bodies.

To the northwest of the residence, two additional crime scene markers had been placed further from the others, though what they denoted was not immediately clear.

The investigators entered the house with a medical investigator just after noon Thursday and began wheeling the bodies out on gurneys. In coming days, the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator will identify the deceased and determine their causes of death.

Wilson declined to comment on Thursday whether a suspect had been identified in connection to the suspicious deaths or whether any of the deceased might have died by suicide.

Area residents gathered around the driveway to the residence on Thursday to seek information about the incident, which many said is unusual for this small Embudo Valley neighborhood.

"This is one of the quietest places I've ever worked," said Bob Lesch, who was restoring a roof at a home across the street.

Three neighbors suggested that the residence where the bodies were found had served as a site for drug dealing or trafficking. At least one neighbor, Bruce Gonzales, said he had seen vehicles driving to and from the house on a daily basis.

Early Thursday afternoon, state police extended the perimeter of the crime scene and are continuing to comb the area for evidence.

This is a developing story. Check back at taosnews.com for updates. 

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