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Mayor-elect names interim police chief, command staff | KOB 4

“He has a rare combination of respect from front-line officers and also enough outside experience to understand the changes that need to be made at APD,” Keller said of Geier.

Geier does have experience in Albuquerque law enforcement. He worked for APD for about 20 years, including as a commander with APD’s Criminal Investigations Division. His law enforcement career spans 43 years total.

His experience includes work with the New Mexico Police Chief’s Association, the New Mexico Gang Task Force, the New Mexico Regional Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Advisory Commission, the FBI’s Regional Forensic Computer Lab and CNM’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board and Curriculum Committee.

Geier has worked high-profile investigations such as the 2009 West Mesa murders.

MORE: New command staff member biographies and video from the mayor-elect’s announcement

In his announcement, Keller said APD needs new leadership and he wanted someone in place on Day One. Crime became a

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Mayor-elect names interim police chief, command staff

Geier will replace Gorden Eden to lead the police force in Albuquerque’s largest city.

“In the midst of the unacceptable crime epidemic in our city and the ongoing need for reform, I’m grateful to share that our safety will be in the hands of a chief with a rare combination of qualities,” Keller said. “Geier has a deep knowledge of our city and APD, the strong and recent outside leadership perspective needed to shake things up, and the respect of both frontline officers and the community.”

Geier does have experience in Albuquerque law enforcement. He worked for APD for about 20 years, including as a commander with APD’s Criminal Investigations Division. His law enforcement career spans 43 years total.

His experience includes work with the New Mexico Police Chief’s Association, the New Mexico Gang Task Force, the New Mexico Regional Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Advisory Commission, the FBI’s Regional Forensic Computer

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Crime takes root amid voter apathy

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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect the correct year police believe the last West Mesa Murders victim was killed.

On the same morning the Journal published its poll revealing, to no one’s surprise, that crime is now the top concern among likely Albuquerque voters, a body lay crumpled on a Southeast Heights sidewalk, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Another man found dead of suspicious causes in a North Valley home was also reported in the Journal’s online page that morning.

Other stories in the paper that morning: Albuquerque Public Schools board member Analee Maestas blamed her daughter for the allegations of embezzling funds from a school they both ran; a former doctor was sentenced to 15 months in prison for having pornography of children as young as 1; a Northeast

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Plans unveiled for West Mesa memorial to 11 slain women …

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The city on Thursday released this rendering of a park to memorialize the 11 victims of the West Mesa murders. (Courtesy City of Albuquerque)

EDITOR’S NOTE: A more specific address of where the park will be built is 118th Street and Amole Mesa SW.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — For now, a group of modest wooden crosses adorned with plastic flowers marks the West Mesa location where the bodies of 11 slain women were found in 2009.

But on Thursday, city leaders unveiled long-awaited plans for a simple, elegant memorial park to honor the West Mesa victims. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.

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Landscape architect Elizabeth Reardon said the park, at 118th and Amole Mesa Avenue, will be quiet and contemplative. It

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Plans unveiled for West Mesa memorial to 11 slain women

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The city on Thursday released this rendering of a park to memorialize the 11 victims of the West Mesa murders. (Courtesy City of Albuquerque)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For now, a group of modest wooden crosses adorned with plastic flowers marks the West Mesa location where the bodies of 11 slain women were found in 2009.

But on Thursday, city leaders unveiled long-awaited plans for a simple, elegant memorial park to honor the West Mesa victims. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.

Landscape architect Elizabeth Reardon said the park, on Amole Mesa Avenue near 98th and Gibson, will be quiet and contemplative. It features an oval turf area surrounded by a sidewalk dotted with 11 engraved memorials – one for each woman. Across

Read more at: https://www.abqjournal.com/1067262/plans-for-west-mesa-memorial-park-unveiled.html

West Mesa Bone Collector murders spotlighted on The Real Story With Maria Elena Salinas

West Mesa Bone Collector

Police investigating the West Mesa murders

This week The Real Story With Maria Elena Salinas examines the disturbing case of unsolved murder where the bodies of 11 women were found buried in the banks of a dried up creek bed.

West Mesa, Albuquerque, in 2009 and the remains came to light after a housing development suffered from flooding after an arroy was buried. The remedial work led to some bones being uncovered and a dog walker spotted them in February 2009.

The investigation uncovered the remains of 11 females and a fetus, the women and girls were aged between 15 and 32. Most the women worked in the sex trade or had some connection with drugs and it is believed that all of them disappeared between 2001 and 2005.

Satellite photos later revealed truck tyre marks and disturbed ground over this period, the last indication

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West Mesa Murders

“The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas’ concludes its first season on Investigation Discovery, Monday night June 26. The series, hosted by the Univision News anchor has consistently provided new evidence about and unheard perspectives on national headline-making crimes. In the season one finale, Salinas digs into the truth behind the infamous and grisly mystery … Read more

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Noted TV journalist revisits the West Mesa murders

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — María Elena Salinas has built a career on storytelling and finding the truth.

Her latest endeavor with Investigation Discovery – “The Real Story with María Elena Salinas” – brought the acclaimed journalist to the Duke City to revisit one of the grimmest cases in the state’s history.

It’s one that remains unsolved.

In 2009, a woman walking her dog stumbled across a human bone – the first of many in what would become one of the largest crime scenes in American history.

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Police worked around the clock frantically to identify the human remains and catch a serial killer.

It took investigators a year to identify the 11 women who were unearthed.

Public outcry demanded police action.

Nearly a decade later, the case is getting colder as both the police and the families struggle

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Memorial honors victims of West Mesa murders

The bodies of 11 women and an unborn child were found, buried on the West Mesa of Albuquerque eight years ago. A memorial was erected this week to remember the victims.

Here’s a brief timeline of events leading up to today:

-2003-2004- Several women are reported missing.

-2005- An Albuquerque Police Department detective begins compiling a list of women who had gone missing who were related to drugs and prostitution. Ten of the women on the detective’s list were found on the West Mesa.

-February 2nd, 2009- A woman walking her dog stumbles upon a human bone on the West Mesa of Albuquerque.

-February 12th, 2009- The Albuquerque Journal reports that police investigators believe one person was responsible for the deaths of at least three women found.

-July 31st, 2009- Investigators reveal they’ve narrowed their search to five people who may have been the serial killer responsible.

-February, 2017- Eight years after

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