A MAN is said to have killed, dismembered and disemboweled his wife just hours before the couple was due to celebrate Thanksgiving.
When relatives arrived at the New Mexico home for the family celebration, it was reportedly locked and appeared empty.
Family members removed the hinges of a door to get into the building, but when they entered, they found Connie Denio’s dismembered body on the bedroom floor, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Then they found her husband Karlan lying in bed in the same room.
A criminal complaint filed with the Metropolitan Court said the first call to police for a welfare check was when they were unable to get into the home.
The second call came after the discovery of Connie’s body and ended with authorities arresting Denio at the scene.
Denio’s sister reported to authorities that the house was dark when they finally entered, and she came in to find her brother on the bed with Connie’s remains on the floor.
“Karlan looked at her, after which (she) left the apartment and called the police again,” the criminal complaint said.
Police said they found Connie “dismembered and disemboweled” in the bedroom, according to the outlet.
The family told authorities that Karlan had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia for the past two years, which could have altered his personality, leading to emotional withdrawal and other mental health issues.
The 62-year-old now faces a murder case after the death of his wife.
Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, told the outlet that Denio is in the hospital receiving treatment for lacerations to his arm and neck.
A Facebook post paying tribute to Connie said she was “young. lively. fearless”.
“This is how I will always remember my Aunt Connie… Not afraid to climb a tree in a dress,” wrote an apparent relative.
Neighbor Rich Cordova spoke to the Journal after the incident and said: “I’m stunned. That’s incredible.”
He stated that he lived close to family for 20 years and that is something he never expected.
Cordova said the Denio couple are nice and always say hello.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6770908/womans-dismembered-body-found-thanksgiving-day-with-husband/ Man ‘kills and dismembers woman hours before Thanksgiving is scheduled as relatives arrive to find woman’s remains on ground’