Police said 19-year-old Kristi Black and her husband Ivan Villa were arguing when they were called to the Ruidoso, New Mexico apartment around 1 p.m. Sunday, but they saw no signs of physical abuse. Later that day a friend found Kristi Black's body in the apartment, but her 16-month-old son was missing.
"A husband and wife were arguing," Ruidoso police Detective Jim Biggs told reporters. "They agreed to separate and he left. There wasn't an arrestable offense then because there were no signs of physical violence."
The couple had been married only six months. Villa is not the father of Justin Black, authorities said. Police did not release any details about the death of the mother, pending autopsy results.
Villa was last seen driving a 2000 model Ford Mustang, gray or silver in color, with New Mexico license plate GBN-805. Police said Villa was seen late Sunday evening driving along US-70 near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Anyone with information about Villa or Justin Black can call New Mexico state police at 505-258-7365 or dial 911.