NEW MEXICO – Unsolved

In addition to the ten women found in a mass gravesite in the West Mesa of Albuquerque, NM, an additional 13 women were reported missing between July 1998 and June 2006. The bodies of 2 have been found and identified. All their cases remain unsolved.

These women are:

Teresa Reyes, 17

Date Missing: July 1, 1998

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Betty Vigil Garcia, 34

Date Missing: Dec. 25, 1998

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Jeanette Maria De La Cruz, 19

Date Missing: Oct. 20, 1999

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Sonia Bernadette Lente, 44

Date Missing: Oct. 3, 2002      Date Body Found: Feb. 25, 2004

Date Body Identified: June 19, 2009

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Christine Julian, 30

Date Missing: April 3, 2003

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Brenda Jeen Apalicio, 39

Date Missing: May 30, 2003

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Anselma Guerra, 44

Date Missing: March 1, 2004

Date Body Found: Sept, 2005    Body Identified: April, 2008

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Anna Vigil, 20

Date Missing: Jan. 21, 2005

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Felipa Gonzales, 22

Date Missing: April 27, 2005

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Nina Herron, 21

Date Missing: May 14, 2005

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Shawntell Waites, 31

Date Missing: Sometime in 2006

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Leah Rachel Peebles, 23

Date Missing: May 22, 2006

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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Vanessa Reed Lujan, 24

Date Missing: June 13, 2006

Missing from Albuquerque, NM

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NEW MEXICO –

Albuquerque – MASS GRAVE – West Mesa Bone Collector

The remains of 13 bodies, 12 women and a unborn child, were found in a mass gravesite outside Albuquerque, NM beginning in Feb, 2009. Given the dates these women disappeared, between May 1, 2003 and the end of December, 2004, the bodies have been buried for several years. This case remains unsolved. While the police are guessing Lorenzo Montoya was responsible for these deaths, there is continued speculation that others were involved. The reward has been increased to $100,000 for any information leading to the arrest of their killer(s).

These women were mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends. Names from top left to bottom right: Veronica Romero, 27, Cinnamon Elk, 31, Evelynn Salazar, 29, Virginia Cloven, 26, Doreen Marquez, 27, Monica Candelaria, 22, Victoria Chavez, 24, Julie Nieto, 23, fingernail from unidentified victim, Jamie Barela, 15 (no involvement in sex work, last seen with cousin, Evelynn Salazar), Michelle Valdez, 22, and unborn child, and Syllania Edwards, 15.