06-11-2009, 05:01 PM #1
NM - The West Mesa Victims - March 2009
In spring 2009 eleven bodies and a fetus were found in a construction site on Albuquerque West Mesa. They may be the victims of a serial killer, and four of them are still unidentified. The identified victims were all young women involved with drugs and prostitution and they had gone missing in 2003-2004.
There is a Crimes in the News thread about the case here:
Bones from 6 bodies found in NM desert - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
I hope it's okay to post the details of the UID's here.
They have released detailed information about only two of the unidentified women so far but some of the details are pretty distinctive and they should be recognizable if someone has reported them missing. Maybe some of you excellent sleuthers might help give them a name and bring them home.
""One is Caucasian with Hispanic ethnicity, and the other one, we feel, is African American," Dr. Peter Loomis with the Office of the Medical Investigator said. "That's the young one in the age range of 16, 17."
"She has some root canal treatment done on two lower molars on either side," he said. "That's a little unusual for a person of that age."
The other victim is 20 to 29 years old. "
"Victim: Unknown Female 1 (OMI #1704)
Location: 118th Street SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Synopsis: Sometime between 2001 and 2005 an unknown person killed this female victim and buried her in a mesa located adjacent to 118th Street SW in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Office of the Medical Investigator describes her as a Caucasian/Hispanic female in her 20's, 4'10" to 5'3" tall. Her right clavicle has a healed fracture. Her hair was possibly brown. Her teeth are present and may be used for dental identification. "
Information from Namus:
The 20-29-year old Latino woman was estimated to be 58 inches tall. "Bony abnormalities noted include a sternal foramen, marked calcification of a bony attachment on the right tibia, a remote fracture of the right sternal end of the clavicle." Her dentals are available on the Namus site. She had all natural teeth, except two that were missing post mortem, and extensive caries damage in one tooth.
"Victim: Unknown Female 2 (OMI #1853)
Location: 118th Street SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Synopsis: Sometime between 2001 and 2005 an unknown person killed this female victim and buried her in a mesa located adjacent to 118th Street SW in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Office of the Medical Investigator describes her as a African American female, mid teens to early 20's, 5'2" to 5'10" tall. She has a healed nasal fracture and a lesion on her femur. A hair piece was pinned to her hair. Her teeth are present and may be used for dental identification."
The Namus information includes: The 15-21 year old African American female with the root canal treatment was estimated to be 62 inches tall and she had pinned hair weave. She had "lytic lesion on the distal, posterior portions of the right femur. Healed nasal fracture on left side."
She also had distinctive acrylic fingernails with two pink half-circles in the tips (see photo in the second link). She does not match any missing person reports in Albuquerque and might not be from New Mexico. The lesion on her femur might have come from a break, poking or stabbing. Her hair is described as short, curly and brown and her hairpiece was lightbrown with light wavy curls. There is an inconsistency as one of the articles says she had all her teeth but it's yet unknown if she had any dental work and the other, earlier article mentions root canal treatment.
The information comes from this excellent summary
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03-08-2010, 07:42 AM #2
Just to update that all the West Mesa victims found at the site have been identified a while ago. More information in the thread in the first post.
12-10-2010, 03:14 PM #3
A new thread has been opened for the newly released photograhs with a 'possible' connection to the West Mesa case.
Please discuss the photo's released December 2010 here:
NM Can you help identify the people in these photo's? Possible West Mesa connection. - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
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12-12-2010, 02:58 AM #4
The 11 West Mesa Victims
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12-13-2010, 12:42 AM #5
Here's a more recent photo of Syllania Edwards. This is a booking photo taken in Denver shortly before her death.
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