ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque mother of four was found murdered in her home and her kids were gone. It almost triggered an Amber Alert but the children and the suspected killer were found more than 200 miles away. Police say it appears to be a homicide.
Police were called to a southeast Albuquerque mobile home park around 5:00 a.m. by a concerned family member. When officers got on scene they found 26-year-old Vanessa Delgado dead inside a mobile home. They won’t say how she died but they do believe there was a violent confrontation.
The Albuquerque Police Department was then told by family that her four kids, ages 3, 5, 6 and 8, were missing and likely with the suspect who is the father of three of the four kids. That man was also in a romantic relationship with the mom.
APD pushed out information about the car he was driving and State Police spotted him and the kids on I-25 just north of Las Cruces.
Police said 30-year-old Carlos Perez was apprehended in southern New Mexico and arrested for Delgado’s murder.
“The New Mexico State Police actually located this individual on I-25 southbound at mile marker 14 just outside of Radium Springs, this is about 10 miles north of Las Cruces,” said APD Officer Tanner Tixier.
Police are not releasing the suspect’s name until he’s brought back to Albuquerque and charged. That is expected to happen Tuesday afternoon.
All the kids were safe when they were found. They’re now in CYFD custody in the Las Cruces area.
Officers are not revealing a possible motive.