Missing Woman Found Murdered in Silver City Forest

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Written by Lieutenant Mark Soriano 10/06/2021

On Friday, October 1, 2021, the New Mexico State Police in Silver City received a report of a missing person, Erica Zamora who had not been seen or heard from since September 26, 2021. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate the incident.

Through the investigation, agents learned that on the morning of Sunday, September 26, 2021, Erica and her husband, Armando Zamora went to cut firewood in the forest. According to Mr. Zamora, they returned to his house and he dropped Erica off at her residence at approximately 7:30 a.m., on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Agents learned Armando was currently on probation for criminal sexual contact of a minor (under 13) and wears an ankle monitor. With that information, New Mexico State Police investigators obtained GPS coordinates where Armando and Erica had been cutting wood. A sergeant searched the area and located a deceased female matching the description of Erica Zamora. The female was pronounced dead by the Office of the Medical Investigator and was positively identified as Erica Zamora.

Agents interviewed Armando on October 3, 2021. During the interview, Armando admitted to beating Erica to death with an axe.

Armando was arrested and charged with an open count of murder. He was booked into the Grant County Detention Center without incident.

This homicide investigation remains active and ongoing as Investigation Bureau agents continue to gather all relevant evidence, interviews, and information. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.