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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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seacord March 30 2014 at 2:39 PM

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

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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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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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itzfatcat March 30 2014 at 5:21 PM

So the case is not really solved like the headlines implied.

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tony itzfatcat March 30 2014 at 6:53 PM

Affirmative there francis.

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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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Boyd March 30 2014 at 5:06 PM

Poor Lucy didn't do a good enough job of explaining.
I would have just told the cops that the Mrs always wanted to have a basement she must have been building one for me and it collapsed in on her.

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ethftb March 30 2014 at 6:30 PM

womans bones? test to see if human? what a great news source

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Joe March 30 2014 at 7:11 PM

It's not likely that justice will be served after 62 years. I suppose that solving the crime and finding the remains is good, nonetheless. A search warrant should have been used six decades ago when it would have mattered more.

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BR549 Joe March 30 2014 at 7:47 PM

If you'd have paid attention to the article, they "couldn't get" a search warrant back then, for lack of evidence. Search warrants aren't just free for the asking you know, like on TV. A Judge has to agree with whatever evidence there might be, and then decide whether or not to issue the warrant.

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goodgrief61945 BR549 March 30 2014 at 8:02 PM

When the guy wouldn't allow anyone in his garage, a really big red flag should have gone up.

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bsalley Joe March 30 2014 at 9:49 PM

No justice, but closure for the family she may have left.
But there is justice for her! Just being able to let them
know she didn't desert them.

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bkings0203 March 30 2014 at 6:58 PM

And tonight it was reported that empathy and compassion, in the United States, as died!

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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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