Two arrests made in burned body homicide investigation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies have made two arrests related to the murder of Terry Williams.

On April 26, Williams was reported missing by his girlfriend.

The 56-year-old was then found dead near the Cibola Campground in the East Area Command in May.

Police found Williams body burned and initially unidentifiable.

Detectives now say they have arrested 55-year-old Craig Smith and 39-year-old Evonne Jaramillo.

According to police, Smith admitted to playing a role in the death of Williams. He also provided information saying that Jaramillo was involved.

In the four-page complaint, it states that Craig Smith and his girlfriend, Jaramillo, were identified as the couple caught on surveillance video entering Williams’ apartment near Gibson and Carlisle a couple nights before his body was found.

Smith, who was arrested at work Thursday at the Albuquerque Housing Authority, told police he and Jaramillo went into Williams’ apartment looking for crack and money.

Neighbors that live near Williams’ home say they’ve wondered what happened ever since his body was found.

“I’m glad that somebody caught them,” said Rex Meador who lived across the street from Williams.

Deputies say Smith confessed to stealing Williams’ car and abandoning it at a local hospital.

He also told investigators that he saw Williams’ dead body wrapped in plastic, but says he had nothing to do with his murder.

After deputies got a search warrant for Smith’s truck and rental trailer, they say they found two guns. They believe one of those guns is the murder weapon.

Craig was arrested for an open count of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and burglary.

Jaramillo was also arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence. 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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