Authorities identify two suspects in Aztec man's death

Dan Schwartz
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old man whose body was found Thursday morning at an Aztec home off U.S. Highway 550.

Authorities said the man, who was identified as Gerald Dunning, was bludgeoned in the head, and his hands and legs were bound.

As of Thursday evening, police had not made an arrest in the case, though two suspects had been identified, said Kyle Lincoln, detective lieutenant with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

“But we're not at a point where we want to identify them,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln said police are continuing to investigate the case, and a motive was not immediately clear.

He also said authorities had not found a weapon used to kill Dunning.

Bunning's friend found him in his home at about 8:50 a.m. Thursday and called police, Lincoln said. Lincoln said the friend was the last known person to see Dunning alive on Wednesday morning.

Later in the afternoon, police briefly thought they had found the suspects at a Farmington motel. Lincoln said authorities spotted a vehicle that resembled that of the suspects' at about 4 p.m. and followed it from the Anasazi Inn in Farmington.

The car sped away, and police stopped the driver on a dirt road a mile west of the Northern Edge Navajo Casino. Lincoln said police determined the driver was not involved in Dunning's death.

Dan Schwartz covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and Follow him @dtdschwartz on Twitter.