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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    NM - Frank Yazzie, 43, Gallup, June 2009

    Police ID upper half of body as NM man
    Published : Friday, 03 Jul 2009, 2:56 PM MDT

    Two trashbags containing human remains were found in Gallup, McKinley County, NM, about 100 yards apart by kids playing with a dog. The body had stab wounds and cuts to the face.

    The top half has been identified as Frank Yazzie from Mentmore, N.M., a small town outside Gallup.

    Yazzie does match the ID found in the pants of the bottom half of the body, but the McKinley County Sheriff's department cannot positively connect the bottom half to the top half until DNA results come back.

    The McKinley County Sheriff's department is asking for the public's help. If you have seen Yazzie within the last couple of months, call the department's Crimestoppers number at 505-722-6161.

  2. #2
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    Mar 2009
    I found this update:

    2 arrested in Las Cruces in northwest N.M. death

    LAS CRUCES Las Cruces police have arrested a man and woman who were sought in the 2009 death of a man whose dismembered body was found near Gallup in northwestern New Mexico.

    Police arrested 25-year-old Joshua "Casey" Yazzie and 22-year-old Danielle Yazzie on a McKinley County warrant Sunday.

    They were booked into the Doa Ana County jail pending transfer to McKinley County.

    The pair were sought in the June 2009 death of a 43-year-old Mentmore man, Frank Yazzie.

    McKinley County authorities say kids found a trash bag with the upper portion of his body in late June, and people found another garbage bag with the bottom half about a week later.

    Deputies say the torso had multiple stab wounds
    | The New Mexican
    Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010

  3. #3
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    Apr 2013
    From February 2011:


    The Gallup Independent reports 54-year-old David Torrez appeared before state District Judge Grant Foutz this week. Defense attorney Stephen McIlwain told the judge that a mental evaluation determined Torrez was fit for trial.

    Torrez faces murder and evidence tampering charges in the June 2009 death of Frank Yazzie, whose body was cut in half and found in two separate locations on Gallup's north side.
    It doesn't say whether Torrez is charged instead of or in addition to the suspects named above. Cannot find any further updates.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2013
    Tried again. It appears that David Torrez took a plea for 2nd degree murder, sentenced to 12 years:


    Checked New Mexico DOC and he is listed as an inmate, guilty plea, 2nd degree murder:


    Could not find any further mention of the other two, neither was found in DOC search. Not sure what happened there.

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