Category Archives: West Mesa Murders

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

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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

Read more at: https://www.abqjournal.com/1023242/noted-tv-journalist-revisits-the-west-mesa-murders-2.html

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

Read more at: http://www.koat.com/article/memorial-honors-victims-of-west-mesa-murders/8684341

West Mesa murder mystery gets renewed national attention

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Almost eight years after the first bone was found, the killer still has not been found in the West Mesa murders. As the unsolved murder mystery gets renewed national attention, theories are emerging again that somewhere out there, a second burial site may exist.

Eleven victims were discovered in that mass burial site on the West Mesa, but eight women are still missing, possible victims of the killer feared dead, and science may be the solution to finding out where.

The tract of land on 118th and Amole Mesa Southwest is just desert. Homes won’t go up there anytime soon for a big reason.

“We are on the West Mesa burial site,” noted Christine Barber. She is executive director of Street Safe New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that helps women struggling with drugs and turning tricks on Albuquerque streets, just like ten of the eleven West

Read more at: http://krqe.com/2016/12/14/west-mesa-murder-mystery-gets-renewed-national-attention/

Police release photos to help solve West Mesa murders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque police have released photos they hope can help solve the West Mesa murder case.

The images are grainy but police want people to take a good look at two women.

Detectives say they could have information regarding the deaths of the eleven women and fetus found buried near 118th Street and Dennis Chavez seven years ago.

The photos of the women were taken from a video that belonged to a person of interest in the West Mesa case.

As we’ve reported, Lorenzo Montoya strangled a young prostitute in his home and then was shot and killed by her boyfriend.

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Police release photos to help solve West Mesa murders

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