Ex-husband arrested for murder of Rio Rancho woman

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The ex-husband of a Rio Rancho woman found dead in May has now been arrested for her murder. 

Michael Encinias is charged with second degree murder for the death of Dawn Sandoval. 

Sandoval was reported missing in April, her body found the next month in a remote part of Sandoval County.

Court documents detailing how police connected him the the crime have not been filed; but divorce documents reveal the divorce became final around the time of her murder, and she had been granted rights to part of his retirement along with a majority of the home value and belongings. 

The charges come one month after he filed a petition showing interest in her estate.

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