Mystery of 11 women found dead along with a fetus in New Mexico sparks serial killer fears

THE ongoing mystery of 11 women discovered dead along with a fetus in New Mexico has sparked serial killer fears.

Police and city officials are urging the community to help solve the West Mesa murders as A&E has reported that the group burial of the women and an unborn child suggests the work of a serial killer.

February 2, 2022, marked the 13th anniversary of the finding of the first remains connected to the murders, according to The Associated Press.

Investigators are currently ruling out possible suspects, but authorities announced there are "more than a few" suspects connected to the serial killings.

“The only way this case is going to get solved is with our community’s help or even communities around us that might know something," Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said at a Wednesday morning news conference, KRQU reports.

“We need new information on this case, that is what is going to lead to it getting solved.”

According to Newsweek, the case of "The West Mesa Bone Collector" is the largest homicide case in the history of Albuquerque.

Following the discovery of a femur in 2009 in West Mesa, bones of 11 women and girls who vanished between 2003 and 2005 were discovered by the Albuquerque Police Department.

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Police have identified the 11 women as Monica Candelaria, Victoria Chavez, Virginia Cloven, Syllannia Edwards, Cinnamon Elks, Doreen Marquez, Julie Nieto, Veronica Romero, Evelyn Salazar, Michelle Valdez, and Jamie Barela.

Their names were read aloud during the Wednesday news conference by City Councilor Klarissa Peña.

Peña said: "These family members just want closure.

"We hope that there are tips out there or anybody who knows anything can help in closing this case so the families can finally put their family members to rest in peace.”

Authorities have also revealed that ten of the women have been linked to drugs and prostitution, yet how the eleventh victim is connected is unknown.

In addition to the identified women, eight other women are still missing, police said.

The remaining missing women have a similar background to the women who have been identified, Newsweek explains.

Speaking at the site where the initial bone was found, Police Chief Harold Medina said: "13 years is a long time to wait for justice and we are committed to finding answers for all the families who lost loved ones to this tragedy."

Police said they have received more than 1,184 tips since the case was opened.

Investigators said that the killer of the women was possibly charming or friendly and felt secure in the place where the victims were buried.

Anyone with information leading to an arrest and successful prosecution in the case will be rewarded up to $100,000 thanks to the help of The Albuquerque Police Department, the FBI, and the families of the women.

If you have any information about the case, you should call 505-768-2450 or Crime Stopper at 505-843-STOP.

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