Created: 11/18/2013 10:15 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
25 years after a teen vanished from Rio Communities, there is now a $25,000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of Tara Calico.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston announced the reward Monday. They just reopened the case last month and formed a task force dedicated to the case.
Calico's sister Michele Doel has kept herself pretty guarded over the years, and she has not granted many interviews. But she spoke to KOB Eyewitness News 4 after the announcement of the reward.
Doel spends every free minute trying to solve her sister's case. Tara Calico disappeared on her daily bike ride in 1988 near her home in Rio Communities. She and her bike have never been found.
The girls' parents spent their lives working on the case, and now Doel feels it's her responsibility to keep going.
"I go over it every single night, just trying to piece things together," Doel said.
She has stacks of photos and information she has gathered over the years. It is work she actually handed over to law enforcement, hoping it will help them solve the case.
But it wasn't until a chance encounter she had with Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston in downtown Albuquerque that got the ball rolling. Doel says they were both stopped at a corner. She was on her daily run. The Sheriff asked why she chose to run in such a congested area.
"I said no I don't run where I'm isolated, I run where there's people. I have a sister that's missing," Doel explained.
She asked the Sheriff to include her sister's case in a deck of cold case cards distributed to inmates across the state. She is hoping that and the new reward for information in the case might finally get results. It would be justice for her sister and a chance to move on with her own life.
"Everywhere I go I look over my shoulder, I look in the back seat of my car," Doel said. "I'm watching who's driving behind me, I'm watching what route I take home. If I'm coming from a location that I typically take, I'll maybe take a different street."
Sheriff Houston said today they have a lot of new leads. He said some even have investigators headed out of state, but he didn't elaborate.