Torrance County deputies deem East Mountains death a homicide

House in East Mountain with crime tape
Police investigate suspicious crime in East Mountains home.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Torrance County deputies have now deemed the death of a woman in the East Mountains a homicide.

Torrance County Sheriff Heath White said a woman in her 50’s was killed during a burglary last Thursday.

It happened near Highway 217 and Gonzales Road.

“I can say that this was a burglary that went wrong and it was just an unfortunate situation that someone lost their life,” Sheriff White said.

Sheriff White said the woman was home alone when two burglars came in, attempting to rob the place. Four days later and the Sheriff’s Office is remains tight-lipped about the investigation, leaving neighbors wondering if the people responsible are still out there.

“We still don’t have any details. Was it someone she knew? Did she let them in?” Mary Blake said.

Blake lives nearby. She said she knew the woman.

“I’ve been down to her house a few times and she was a sweet lady,” Blake said. “She didn’t deserve this.”

“Was it a neighbor? Was it someone from the neighborhood?” Steve Regehr said.

According to Sheriff White, it was someone from the neighborhood. He said the suspects are two 17-year-old boys from the area . He also said it wasn’t their first time breaking into a home in the community. In fact, deputies have tied them to nearly a dozen home burglaries.

At this point, the two have not been arrested.

The Sheriff’s Office won’t say if the woman knew the two boys or if they forced their way into her home. While neighbors want to know more, they don’t want to hamper the investigation.

“It would be nice to have some information but I don’t want them to give up anything that’s going to help them catch that sucker,” Regehr said.

Sheriff White said his deputies are taking steps to protect the community until the two suspects can be arrested.

Authorities are still withholding the woman’s name.

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