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A possible break in 1952 Santa Fe cold case

Created: 03/28/2014 7:02 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s a case that's so old it doesn't even have a file- It only exists on microfiche.

The case has dogged detectives for 62 years, but suddenly, this cold case has new life.

There is an unsolved mystery at this adobe home on Onate in Santa Fe.

It’s a story that's been passed down in the neighborhood for generations--and a case that has never been closed.

Many theories and tales center around a woman named Inez Garcia.

Police say she was last seen back in 1952 by her husband "Juan Andres Jose Garcia who said they had a fight at a downtown bar and on their way home he said she jumped out of the car and disappeared until now.

62 years later, a new team of investigators reopened this case and found themselves revisiting the Garcia family garage.

For 20 years now, the home has been owned by James Douglas. 

He says police looked in his garage back in the 90's and found only animal bones.

“I don't know,” he said, “I really don't know.”

But now, a new discovery of bone pieces, no bigger than four inches long.

Police believe they are human and possibly belong to Inez Garcia.

“They (investigators) were pretty persistent,” Douglas said, “So I let them do what they had to do and go ahead and put closure on the case.”

Inez Garcia had four children. Two daughters are still alive, one girl was five, the other just an infant when their mother vanished.

Their father, Juan Garcia, has since died.

Police say he could've been a suspect.

“Nobody was allowed in and out of that garage, the husband kept it sealed, the kids weren't allowed inside the garage, so it’s always been a mystery,” said Celina Westervelt with the Santa Fe Police Department.

The newly found bones have been sent to the state crime lab for DNA testing.


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