Human remains found on Albuquerque's West Mesa | KOB 4

Human remains found on Albuquerque's West Mesa

Joshua Panas
July 05, 2018 12:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Albuquerque police will be spending the next several weeks, possibly months, trying to figure out if bones found on Albuquerque's West Mesa are related to the infamous 2009 case.


A construction crew discovered the human remains Tuesday, on what was supposed to be a park, near 118th and Cenote. It's about .25 miles from the site near 118th and Dennis Chavez where the remains of 11 women and an unborn child were found in 2009.

Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier says the bones were found less than a foot into the ground.

"It’s not completely excavated yet, so we’re only seeing partial. Just from a picture, it looks like human remains, parts of a human body," Geier said.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller showed up to the scene to be briefed on the situation.

"This area around here is what’s been designated a disturbed area and crews actually have been trained to look for remains and what to do if they find them," Keller said.

Police say it's still too early to know if there is any connection between Tuesday's discovery and the 2009 case, which remains unsolved.

"We’re not 100% sure that this is related but at this point. We’re treating it as if it's similar, to the first round," said Chief Geier.

Chief Geier was one of the lead investigators on the West Mesa murders case. 

Geier said investigators will do the same as they did in 2009; site analysis, excavation, as well as DNA analysis.

"We do have samples from the original case, of the girls that were still believed possibly could have been a part of it at that time. We’ll do a thorough investigation. We never actually let it go to rest," Geier said.

Crews from PNM will tour the site Wednesday to figure out where all the underground power lines are located. 

APD is also getting satellite imaging of the area, something the department also did in 2009. 


Joshua Panas

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