- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

EL RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a 2011 triple homicide case in El Rancho.

They say 20-year-old Nicholas Ortiz, of Pojoaque, was taken into custody Friday.

Police say 53-year-old Dixie Ortiz, 55-year-old Lloyd Ortiz and their special-needs son, 21-year-old Steven Ortiz, were all found dead from head trauma in their home on June 29, 2011.

Police found a bloody pick axe three days later in an adjacent field and linked the weapon to the murder.

Authorities say there’s no indication at this time that Nicholas Ortiz is related to the victims.

They say Nicholas Ortiz is being held on suspicion of three counts of murder, tampering with evidence and bribery or intimidation of a witness.

It’s unclear if he has an attorney yet.

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