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March 28, 2014
Detectives Dig for Bones of Missing Person

Santa Fe Police are digging up leads in a decades old missing persons case. Inez Garcia was 26 when she was reported missing from her Santa Fe home November 2, 1952. Her husband Juan Andres Jose Garcia, then 40 years old, said the couple was at a bar near the Plaza when his wife suddenly got out of the car, walked away and never returned. The couple had four children, two sons and two daughters. The younger daughters then ages five years and nine months old are now in their 60s and still alive. They never knew what happened to their mom.

Sometime in the 1990’s Mr. Garcia died and a rental company obtained the property where the family lived during Inez Gracia’s disappearance on the 500 block of Onate Street. In 1996 two large bones were found buried in a freestanding garage on the property. When Garcia lived in the home, no one was ever allowed to enter that garage, and he spent much of his time inside the shelter. There were also rumors of strange smells coming from the structure and reports of dogs who tried many times to dig their way inside.

Test results on the bones showed they were from a cow and a horse the same year they were found.

Inez Garcia had been listed as a missing person since 1952 and remains on the list.

Two months ago Mrs. Garcia’s case received a fresh set of eyes when it was handed down to Santa Fe Police Detective Robert Garcia Jr. He sought out the current homeowner and received permission to search the garage. A trained cadaver dog from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office alerted to two spots in the garage where he detected unknown remains, possibly human.

Detectives then used shovels, pickaxes and eventually a backhoe to sift through dirt at least four feet deep inside the shelter. The dig occurring on (3/21/14 and 3/24/14) turned up four small pieces of bone fragments. The bones were sent to the state lab for testing, and tests showed they could be human. Now they are at a specialty lab in Texas for further testing which will take about two months.

Santa Fe Police would sincerely like to bring closure to Inez Garcia’s family.  If you have any information about this case please contact police at 505-428-3710 or Crime Stoppers at 505-955-5050.

More pictures are available on the department’s FACEBOOK page.

Inez Garcia was 26

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