Man arrested in Las Cruces in killing of Santa Fe-area woman

Police: Man may have been living with dead body in Nambe

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico state police have arrested a 57-year-old man accused of killing a Santa Fe-area woman whose dead body was found in her blood-splattered bathroom of her home.

State police say Robert Mondrian-Powell was booked into the Dona Ana County jail after detectives arrested him Friday in Las Cruces on a murder charge in the death of 67-year-old Elvira Segura of Nambe.

According to court documents, Mondrian-Powell had lived with Segura, a former Santa Fe librarian.

Her car was found abandoned in Las Cruces on Sept. 24, and officers found Segura’s body while conducting a welfare check at her home three days later.

An autopsy indicated she’d been dead for weeks, and neighbors told police they’d heard gunshots at the house three weeks before the welfare check. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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