AG Balderas offers resources to help prosecute Ariana Romeo case

Patrick Hayes
September 07, 2018 10:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Nearly a month after Rio Rancho police found the remains of 6-year-old Ariana Romeo inside her home, no one has been arrested.


However, documents obtained by KOB show that two of the state’s top law enforcement officials are planning to team up to prosecute the case.

In a letter sent August 23, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas offered his assistance to 13th Judicial District Attorney Lemuel Martinez.

On Aug. 27, Martinez replied, “As it stands right now, it is too early to assess what kind of assistance we may request from your office. Rest assured that we will be in touch after we receive the completed investigation and can more fully take advantage of your office.”

Balderas told KOB, “It’s early right now. The DA has communicated to me that we are still formulating a plan to work together but I can ensure you that we have every resource in my office committed to seeking justice for this unresolved case.”

Rio Rancho Police previously said they are waiting on autopsy results and collecting additional evidence before filing charges.

As KOB previously reported, court documents suggests Romeo was sexually assaulted.

Investigators also said the house was in complete disarray and that there is a "high likelihood of child pornography existing or bring preserved on the computer devices found inside the house.”


Patrick Hayes

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