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RIO ARRIBA FUGITIVE KILLS HIS v tiFE AND THREE CHILDREN AND THEN COMMITS SUICIDE POSSE WAS CLOSE ON TRAIL OF BENAVIDES, WANTEJD FOR MURDER IN FIGHT THREE WEEKS AGO; POSSE HEARS SHOTS AND THEN FINDS BODIES OF FAMILY. : Cuba," " Aug. 6—(AP) — In four j originated when members of the posse graves dug on a mountain side, Na- j last week heard six £hots fired in the poleon Benavides,' his wife and two . mountains.! , , children, were- buried last night a few tiours. after the bodies, heaped to- gfther were ftiund by a posse Be- nayides, a fugitiVe from a charge of reurder, killed his family and then committed suicide to escape arrest. "The bodies were found about four o'clock yesterday evening in a very rSugh section of country about four miles' from Cuba. As soon as the word was brought bacic to Cuba, Francisco Chavez, went to- tie - scene - t'o conduct a coroner's Inquest and,a Jury was selected from - the poseemen. A murder and suicide suicide verdict was returned. The four persons had Been dead about ten days, and because of the badly decomposed condition, and the fact that it would have been neces- * ssry for the posse to carry them back to Cuba, graves were made at the" scene of the tragedy and burial was there. , » The The posse had been searching for the bodies since last week on a hunch by district attorney Jack: Kenney that the man had killed him- him- 11 -•- That belie! Benavides was -wanted for killing Malaquis Salazaar and wounding Herman Salazaar at Dulce during an argument over $70." Benavides fled from Dulce on his horse-and was joined in the mountains by his family. He wa3 armed with a thirty-thirty rifle, and a revolver and carried 1 a large supply of amunition. The fight at Duice: occured three weeks ago, and Benavides had eluded two. posses which attempted tp follow follow his mountain trail. It was on July 27 that the possemen heard the six shots in the mountains. Shortly ^afterward abandoned camp, they and found an Benavides' horses. : The officers first believed the- family had fled on foot in the wilder regions of the mountains, but Mr. Kenney acting upon a hunch, gave instruct'ons to the posse 1 to^give up attempts to follow a live trail and to search for he bodies. The place where the bodies were found Is in one of •mountain, sections the most rugged of New Mexico, where travel is almost impossible except except pn foot or horseback, „ ^

Clipped from The Roswell Daily Record06 Aug 1930, WedPage 1

The Roswell Daily Record (Roswell, New Mexico)06 Aug 1930, WedPage 1
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