Police Identify Two More Female Bodies in New Mexico Desert Mass Grave

March 12, 2009

Albuquerque (ChattahBox)—New Mexico Police Chief Ray Schultz, reported on Wednesday, of two more identified bodies, bringing the total to four identified victims so far, from a mass grave discovered in the desert. The new victims are identified as Cinnamon Elks, 31, and Julie Nieto, 23, two local Albuquerque women that went missing in 2004. Both women had a history of prostitution and drug abuse. Two other recently identified victims; Michelle Valdez and Victoria Chavez were also known prostitutes. Valdez was pregnant with her third child when she disappeared. Her unborn fetus will be counted among the victims.

Police believe there are at least 14 remaining bodies to be identified in this mass desert grave, discovered in Feb. 2 when a hiker spotted a human bone. The area was recently excavated to make way for a new housing development. New Mexico police soon made the grim discovery of over, a dozen female bodies haphazardly buried together in a desolate area.

Many women were reported missing in the Albuquerque area from 2001 to 2006, raising fears of a serial killer on the loose. Most of the missing women were transients. Medical investigators and forensic specialists are using dental and medical records to identify the victims. New Mexico police continue to scour the grave with rakes to ensure they recover all of the remains. Investigators hope to identify all of the victims so that the families can receive some closure, after all these years of wondering about the fate of their loved ones.

The Police set up a national hot line to help catch the killer. They don’t know for sure if these murders are the work of just one or multiple killers. While no suspects have been officially named, police believe the killings may be the work of two unsavory local men, now deceased. A pimp killed one suspect in 2006, when he was in the act of stuffing a body of a dead woman in his trunk. The other suspect, a known pimp, died of natural causes just recently, in 2009. Police found photos of the missing women in his home.


One Response to “Police Identify Two More Female Bodies in New Mexico Desert Mass Grave”

  1. Amy Caddell on March 18th, 2009 7:59 pm

    Could these be victims of long thought serial killer David Parker Ray? Just a thought. His victims seemed to have a history of prostitution and drugs,

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