Farmington detectives searching for answers in cold case | KOB 4

Farmington detectives searching for answers in cold case

Meg Hilling
October 04, 2018 04:03 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. - The Farmington Police Department is digging deeper into a cold case.


Carla Helmer was found dead inside her home on October 28, 1992.

Police discovered her body during a welfare check after she did not show up for work for a few days.

Officers say she had suffered multiple stab wounds and had defensive wounds, indicating to police that she tried to fight off her attacker.

"It was very violent. It was a violent scene. There was obviously a lot of passion involved, so we suspect it is somebody that she knows,” said Detective Heather Chavez.

Nearly 26 years later, Detective Chavez is working to piece together what exactly happened to Helmer, with the help of modern science and public memory.

"I want to know what we've done, what we can do and what still needs to be done," Detective Chavez said. “Nearly 26 years have passed. A lot of times, we find when that much time goes by, people are a lot more comfortable to come forward."

Police are asking anyone that may have information about Helmer's death to contact the department.


Meg Hilling

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