APD Seeks Public Assistance in Identifying Human Remains found in 1996 — City of Albuquerque

Nov. 22, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department is seeking the public’s help identifying a young woman whose remains were found 26 years ago. APD is releasing a new sketch of what the victim may have looked like.

On Thursday May 2, 1996, the decomposed body of an unidentified female was found in a vacant field near 98th Street and Tower Road. At this time, there were no residential homes in the area. Included is a satellite image of what 98th and Tower looked like in 1996. The victim’s body was wrapped in dark trash bags, tied together with green electrical wire.

Satellite image of 98th Street and Tower in 1996.

The female is believed to have been between the ages of 14 and 19, between 5’2″ and 5’4″ with light brown hair and dark eyes. She was found wearing light blue Levi 550 jeans, a v-neck ribbed sweater and a black laced bra.

APD recently partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to create a facial reconstruction to depict what the young female may have looked like prior to her death in hopes of advancing the case.

“As a department we are doing everything in our power and through the advancements in technology to shine light on many of our unsolved cases,” said Chief Harold Medina. “Our hope is that we can bring closure and justice to the families who have waited many years to find answers.”

If you have any information about this case or recognize the young girl in the sketch, please contact Crime Stoppers at (505)-843-STOP.

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