FBI investigating after bodies found on Santa Ana Pueblo


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been four days since two sisters and their three young children, all from the Pueblo of Santa Ana, vanished from an Albuquerque home. Now the bodies of an adult woman and two children have been discovered on the reservation.

The FBI says the adult woman’s body was found Sunday, while the childrens’ bodies were found late Monday in the same general area. However, the FBI hasn’t linked the bodies discovered to those of the missing five.

Missing is 25-year-old Vanessa George and 20-year-old Leticia George, along with Vanessa’s kids, 4-year-old and 1-year-old daughters Zoe and Chloe and Leticia’s 1-year-old daughter Haley.

This began as an Albuquerque Police Department case because the women and their kids live together in the northwest part of town.

“Back on [Jan. 5] we did a welfare check at their location and they were just gone,” said APD Officer Simon Drobik. “They left personal items behind, such as their cell phones.”

The estranged boyfriend of Vanessa, Murphy Becenti, told police he last saw the women and children on the Santa Ana Pueblo. He is also the father of their two children.

Police say Becenti was convicted of domestic violence against Vanessa. He just got out of jail on Dec. 30.

KRQE News 13 asked APD why an Amber Alert hasn’t been issued.

“It’s very specific with Amber Alerts. We don’t want to over abuse the  Amber Alert system when the criteria hasn’t been met,” said Officer Drobik.

But police say that could change as more information develops about what’s happening on the pueblo.

Sky News 13 flew over the possible crime scene Monday and captured footage of a Toyota Tundra pickup truck abandoned in a rocky ravine about five miles north of the casino. Vanessa George drove a Tundra.

At this point, the women and children are still considered endangered and missing. The Feds are being tight-lipped about what’s happening on the reservation and won’t connect it to the missing five.

The FBI says the bodies are now at OMI where medical examiners are trying to confirm identities and cause of death.

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