EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) - Police have finally given the subject of a KRQE News 13 Special Assignment his stuff back.
Larry Marron's personal belongings were confiscated when his wife was found dead in their East Mountains home before Thanksgiving in 2012.
She suffered from Lou Gehrig's Disease, and the Office of the Medical Investigator ruled her death was a suicide.
But even after that ruling, her husband says the Edgewood Police Department treated him as a murder suspect and kept his stuff for four months later.
That's until today.
"I think everything that was itemized was there, but I don't believe they listed everything," Marron said. "Most importantly the will is missing."
Fred Radosevich was sworn in as the new Edgewood police chief Monday. He said clearing up this case was one of his first priorities when he took office.
Today he even helped carry out Marron's belongings.
- (This update was first broadcast on KRQE News 13 on April 4, 2013)
Larry Marron’s wife left a suicide note and the medical examiner ruled she died of suicide, yet the Edgewood Police Department continued to pursue a criminal investigation against him that included bad-mouthing him to a neighbor, according to interviews and documents.
“It’s the ultimate injustice,” Marron said. “(I feel) frustration, depression, anger, helplessness. I feel totally beaten and kicked by the system.”
Marron and his wife, Nancy, were married for 22 years. Their Edgewood home is filled with mementos that testify to their love.
“We had a wonderful life (and a) great marriage,” he said. “She was a wonderful woman.”
But last March that life took a drastic turn for the worse.
“She was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” Marron said.
The disease stole Nancy Marron’s voice, her ability to eat and drink and even swallow. But she could still type, and wrote her husband numerous love notes, which she signed “Noomie,” a term of endearment he had for her.
Nancy died the Tuesday before Thanksgiving last year. Marron said he came home and found her in their bed.
"I came over (and) thought she might still be sleeping,” he said. “I touched her arm, felt it was cold. I saw the note next to her. The first couple of words were, 'I know you'll be devastated,' and that pretty much told me what happened.”
Marron said he called 911 then lay down outside his house sobbing. The house quickly filled up with medical personnel.
"EMT's, firefighters, police, medical examiners, chief of police,” he said. “Everybody wandered in and out.”
But Marron said one Edgewood police officer, Hellen Gonzalez, was overly aggressive and rude.
"This particular officer began to ask me some irrelevant question that I said I wasn't prepared to answer,” he said. “And right about here she poked her finger in my chest and ordered me to cooperate.”
Authorities kept the grieving husband out of his house for 12 hours as they got a search warrant.
“At some point after that they decided to investigate it as something other than what it was, an obvious suicide, and treat my home as a crime scene and me as a suspect,” Marron said.
Edgewood police took about 100 items from the home, including unpaid bills, blank checks, car titles, passports and marriage certificates.
On Feb. 28, the Office of the Medical Investigator declared Nancy's death a suicide, ruling that she overdosed on a cocktail of drugs including morphine.
But there’s more.
The day before that, on Feb. 27, Marron was hit by a neighbor’s car while locking his gate. Another Edgewood police officer then advised the family of the neighbor who hit him to take out a restraining order because Marron was under suspicion for his wife’s death, according to court documents.
That restraining order request was filed March 1, the day after the OMI ruled Nancy Marron’s death a suicide.
“I’d like an explanation for why I was treated the way I was and I’m still being treated,” he said. “And I’d like somebody to be held accountable for it.”
Edgewood Town Administrator Kay Davis said the results of her police department’s investigation into the Marron case were forwarded to the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office last week. She refused to discuss the case further.
KRQE News 13 attempted to talk to Officer Gonzales or anyone else at the Edgewood Police Department, but we were told no one was available to talk to us.
Meanwhile, Marron has hired an attorney and plans to move out of the state once the case it completed and his property is returned.
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