New Mexico authorities say a man on probation has been arrested in the fatal blow to his wife with an ax after authorities used data from his ankle monitor to find her body in a national forest where the couple had gone to chop firewood
SØLVBY, N, M. – A man on probation in New Mexico who was to wear an ankle bracelet to monitor his movements has been arrested in the fatal blow of his wife with an ax after authorities used data from the bracelet to find her body in a national forest where the couple went to chop firewood, state police said Wednesday.
Armando Zamora, 35, was arrested and jailed last Sunday on suspicion of killing Erica Zamora, 39, after her body was found in the Gila National Forest, a New Mexico police official said.
Erica Zamora was reported missing on Friday after she had not been heard from since September 26, the day the couple went to the nearby forest, the statement said.
After learning that Armando Zamora was wearing an ankle monitor due to a 2019 conviction for sexual contact with a minor, investigators checked GPS coordinates to see where he had been recently. including the woodcut, the statement said.
“A sergeant searched the area and found a deceased woman who matched the description of Erica Zamora,” the police statement said.
Armando Zamora had told investigators he last saw his wife on September 28 when he fell her in her separate residence, but Sunday after her body was found, he admitted to killing Erica with an ax, the statement said.
According to a police report, Armando Zamora told investigators that the couple argued on the drive to the forest and that he killed her after she hit him at the tree-cutting site, KOAT-TV reported.
The couple had an ongoing divorce case initiated by Armando Zamora in June, according to court records.
Criminal and divorce court records did not specify a lawyer who could comment on behalf of Armando Zamora, who is from the small community of Santa Clara.