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Police find bones under home of woman missing since '50s

Police Find Bones Under Home Of Woman Missing Since '50s

Inez Garcia went missing in 1952 and was never found. But after discovering some bone fragments buried in her late husband's garage, police believe they might be able to solve her cold case.

The Santa Fe Police Department reported in 1952 that Juan Garcia, Inez's husband, told police that the couple got into an argument after leaving a bar. While driving home, Inez Garcia jumped out of the car and walked away -- never to be seen again.

But the Albuquerque Journal cites an article published in 1954, more than a year after Garcia's disappearance, that tells a different story.

According to the 1954 article, "After a night of drinking, she was last seen leaving a downtown bar following a stranger who had just appeared." The article also says Garcia was "very drunk" and that her friends told her husband.

Though the story of what happened before Garcia's disappearance varies, there are a few hard facts, one of which is that Garcia's husband would not allow anyone in the garage while he was alive, not even his kids.

According to Fox News, the police viewed the husband as a person of interest but reportedly never had enough evidence to get a search warrant. The case was reopened by a Santa Fe detective in January who tracked down the current owner of the property asking to dig in the garage.

"We found about four pieces of bone fragment," the detective told KRQE. "We took those to the office of the medical investigator, and he said it was possible they are human."

When police discovered the bones could be human they were sent to a specialty lab in Texas where they will be tested further. Police say the tests could take up to two months.

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aces March 30 2014 at 2:25 PM

just like drew peterson did and alot of other guys do, its a sad thing but its a fact....

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Elizabeth March 30 2014 at 1:35 PM

So, in fact, they do not yet know if the bones they found are human, never mind whose.

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cinismax Elizabeth March 30 2014 at 1:54 PM

never mind whose.--- How many dead things or people would you find in a garage

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rayval99 March 30 2014 at 4:40 PM

There should be more than just 4 "bone fragments" if she was buried under the garage. It's just been 50 years, the whole body should be there.

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mvoltura March 30 2014 at 2:35 PM

My grandmother, Annie Tapia, was brutaly murdered in 1995 here in Santa Fe. The investigation was botched and a cover-up ensued. Circumstantial evidence implicates a certain individual, which has been ignored by numerous corrupt politicians and law enforcement which includes the district attorney. The investigators even targeted me relentlessly. I submitted my DNA three years past and, of course , it did not match the killers DNA. However, Santa Fe's Phoniest Police Farce won't admit to their ineptness and still consider me a suspect. Ha! we're dealing with a third world mentality here. They should re-open My Granmother's case; they're afraid of being exposed for ignorance, corruption and blatant stupidity.

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trainnv March 30 2014 at 3:02 PM

Figures dogs would find bones

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Scifly1 March 30 2014 at 3:04 PM

After 60 years wouldn't there be more than 4 small fragments of bone?

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Jerry March 30 2014 at 2:07 PM

Shouldn't they find out if they are human bone fragments before writing this story?

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JIM March 30 2014 at 2:23 PM

Do this story again, when you get a little bit of a story.

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seacord March 30 2014 at 2:39 PM

What if it turns out to be chicken bones...?

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ericlipps March 30 2014 at 4:14 PM

It's "possible" those bones are human, so the mystery is solved? Not quite yet, I think.

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