Police investigate possible homicide in Vaughn

Posted at: 05/06/2013 10:39 PM
Updated at: 05/06/2013 10:40 PM
By: Maria Guererro, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The small town of Vaughn, located southwest of Santa Rosa, might be dealing with its first murder in years.

New Mexico State Police are investigation a suspicious death that happened in the middle of the day.

Officers were called to the house on the corner of 5th and Goins in Vaughn shortly after 2 p.m.

Officers went into the house, saw a body inside and called in the investigations bureau.

State police were at the house late into Monday night waiting on a search warrant to enter the house again.

Neighbors can hardly believe it.

"I've lived here in Vaughn all my life and it's shocking," said Angie Medina.

The modest house located in the middle of Vaughn could be the scene of a suicide or a murder.

"That's pretty scary to know there could be some murderer running around in Vaughn just a few houses down from us,” said Trent Spencer.

State police are investigating how Vincent Sanchez, in his 40s, died.

"Vincent would never take his life," assured Medina.

Police say the victim’s wife walked into their home at about 2 p.m. and found her husband’s body. Sanchez died of a gunshot wound, said police.

Investigators did not see a sign of forced entry into the house.
"A burglary gone bad, that's kind of the word on the street," said Spencer.
"I'd say those are probably just the rumor mill, small town rumor mill," responded Lt. Lance Bateman with NM State Police.
Police had a white Ford Taurus nearby towed.
"It was next to the house,” said Bateman of the car. “We followed up with the driver and the driver's roommate for an interview. We don't know if they had anything to do with it. They could be witnesses."
An understandably upset Sanchez family declined to comment.
“[Sanchez] works for the highway department.  I don't know he's a really nice guy. I hate to hear it," said Spencer.
"And for him to have any enemies I doubt that very much," said Medina.
State police is handling the investigation because the town no longer has a police department.
Police say they’ve been called out to that particular area in Vaughn for thefts, but have not been called out to the home before.