Albuquerque man arrested in case of missing Los Lunas woman

New Mexico

New Mexico State Police say an Albuquerque man has been arrested in a missing persons case that has turned into a homicide investigation.

They say 59-year-old James Lovato is facing an open count of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with evidence.

Lovato was served with the arrest warrant Monday at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Grants where he is currently incarcerated on an unrelated matter.

State Police were asked last October to assist the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office with a missing persons case.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a trailer house that had burned in the El Cerro Mission District of Los Lunas.

They say Rita Jaramillo lived in the home, but her family has not heard from her since last September.

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