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Arizona leads found in 20-year-old New Mexico cold case


On May 2, 1996, the decomposed body of an unidentified girl was discovered in a field near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Now, investigators have a lead.

PHOENIX — Nearly 20 years ago, the body of a teen girl was discovered wrapped in trash bags and electrical wire, left in a field near Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

The case of her death was never solved, and the investigation went cold. Until now.

New information has surfaced, linking the girl found in New Mexico back to Phoenix, Arizona. Investigators think that connection could be the key to solving the case.

Genealogical research discovered that the girl may have had friends and relatives in Phoenix, as well as Benton County in Washington, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children announced.

Forensic artists with the center completed a facial reconstruction of what she may have looked like in life, and are asking for the public’s help in identifying her.


The center also released the following description of the girl:

According to investigators, the Caucasian female was found in a vacant field near 98th and Tower Road in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the time of her death, she was estimated to have been between 14 and 19 years old and was between 5-foot-2-inches tall and 5-foot-4-inches tall. She is believed to have had light brown to reddish hair and light eyes. 

Jane Doe was found wearing light blue Levi jeans, a V-neck ribbed sweater and a black lace bra. When she was discovered, her body had been wrapped in trash bags.

Anyone who recognizes her is encouraged to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 or the Albuquerque Police Department at 1-877-765-8273.

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