Police: BF man, woman found dead

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New Mexico State Police are investigating what they say appears to be a murder-suicide in Bosque Farms.

Police say a man and his wife were found dead Thursday night in a neighborhood near Cottonwood Drive and Alpine Lane.

According to a police report, Bosque Farms police was dispatched to a domestic disturbance on the 1700 block of Alpine Lane about 8:48 p.m. on Nov. 1.

The report said police arrived to see a man's body lying face up through the front window of the residence near the kitchen and dining room area. After not receiving a response from knocking on the front door, officers kicked in the door and saw a shelf turned over onto the dining table and a woman's body lying in the bathroom.

The report said the names of the deceased were Nancy Headcock, 56, and Arleigh Headcock, 54, of Bosque Farms.

Bosque Farms Police Lt. David Gallegos said the initial investigation revealed that it looks as if the man shot his wife and then shot himself. Final determinations have not been made.

Earlier that night, the woman reportedly called an individual and told them she needed help. During the phone call, the individual told dispatchers they heard "a lot of screaming and yelling in the background" and a moan from the woman before the connection was lost.

The individual told dispatchers they were in route from Rio Rancho and concerned for the woman's safety since (domestic violence) had been "a reoccurring situation" for her.

The report said the man had a fatal gunshot wound to his facial area that "drastically" disfigured his face.

Three shotgun shells and a black, pump-action shotgun were found near the man's body.

The woman, an elderly female, was found lying on her back in the bathroom. Two shotguns shells were found near the body. She had injuries to her torso with her internal organs openly displayed, according to the report.

There were no signs of forced entry.

Last week's incident marks the second homicide in Bosque Farms in the past month.

On Oct. 12, police said Marvin M. Martinez shot and killed his niece, Ashley Raulerson, 20, at his home near La Plata and Manzanito drives. Martinez was indicted on an open count of murder last week.

Those two incidents were the first homicides in the village of Bosque Farms since 2003.

"There is really no way to predict when somebody wants to commit a homicide," said Gallegos. "… The next one could happen in the next five minutes or five years from now."

Gallegos said the investigation was turned over to New Mexico State Police since the agency is "better equipped and staffed" to handle such investigations.

"It's shocking to hear about when it comes to a quiet community," the lieutenant said.


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