Thanksgiving horror: Family members arrive at relatives’ house for holiday gathering to find husband has dismembered and disemboweled his wife, police say

Family members who arrived for a Thanksgiving gathering at a relative’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, found that a husband had dismembered and disemboweled his wife, police said Albuquerque Journal.

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Karlan and Connie Denio’s home on Block 10400 of Vista Del Sol NW was locked and appeared empty when relatives arrived Thursday afternoon, according to the Journal.

Relatives called 911 and asked police for a welfare check when they were unable to enter the home, the newspaper said, citing a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. But intelligence told them police could not force entry, the Journal added.

Family members used it to remove the hinges on a door to get in and then found Karlan Denio lying in bed and his wife Connie dismembered on the bedroom floor, the newspaper said.

Relatives told police Karlan Denio was diagnosed two years ago with frontotemporal dementia, which can cause dramatic personality changes, emotional withdrawal and other mental health problems, according to the Journal.

Denio, 62, has been charged with the murder of Connie Denio, the newspaper said, adding it was unclear if he had a lawyer. Denio was recovering at a hospital from lacerations to his arm and neck, the Journal said, citing Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos.

The family declined to comment Friday, the Journal reported.

What else do we know?

Police said relatives had told them Connie Denio arranged for everyone to gather at her home around 1pm, the newspaper said, adding that family members said they last heard from her in a group chat, “to discuss plans for Thanksgiving”.

Karlan Denio’s brother, who was from out of town, was the first to arrive at the house and called his sister when he couldn’t get inside, the Journal said, citing the criminal complaint. The siblings knocked on all the doors and windows and then took the hinges off one door to get inside, the newspaper added.

Karlan Denio’s sister told police the house was dark and she went into the bedroom, where she found her brother “lying on the bed” and Connie Denio on the floor, according to the Journal.

“Karlan looked at her, at that point [she] retreated from the apartment and called the police again,” the newspaper reported, citing the criminal complaint.

Police said they found Denio’s wife “dismembered and disemboweled” in the bedroom, the Journal said, adding that they arrested Denio at the scene.

‘I am impressed’

“I’m stunned,” neighbor Rich Cordova told the newspaper on Friday. “That’s incredible.”

Cordova added to the Journal that he’s lived next to the Denio family for two decades, and the lovely couple often go for walks together, always waving at him. Cordova also told the newspaper that the couple kept to themselves but were “nice people” who had two adult children. Thanksgiving horror: Family members arrive at relatives’ house for holiday gathering to find husband has dismembered and disemboweled his wife, police say

Laura Coffey

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