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APD seeks help to ID dead teen

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A facial reconstruction sketch of a girl who was found dead in 1996. (Courtesy APD)

The Albuquerque Police Department is asking the public for help identifying a teenage girl who was found dead – wrapped in dark trash bags tied together with green electrical wire – on the West Side in the mid-1990s.

APD worked recently with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to create a facial reconstruction sketch of what the girl may have looked like prior to her death, said Rebecca Atkins, an APD spokeswoman.

That sketch was released Tuesday, along with a satellite image of the area where she was found.

The girl’s decomposed body was found May 2, 1996, in a vacant field near 98th and Tower SW. At the time, there weren’t any homes in the area, Atkins said.

“As a department, we are doing everything in our power, and through the advancements in technology, to shine light on many of our unsolved cases,” Police Chief Harold Medina said. “Our hope is that we can bring closure and justice to the families who have waited many years to find answers.”

Atkins said the girl was between 14 and 19 years old, and between 5 feet, 2 inches and 5 feet, 4 inches tall. She had light brown hair and dark eyes, and was wearing light blue Levi 550 jeans, a V-neck ribbed sweater and a black lace bra.

It’s not the first time APD has requested help in the case.

About two weeks after the girl’s body was found, the Journal published a short article about homicide detectives asking the public for assistance in identifying her, saying that they had looked through missing persons reports, but “at this point, we have no missing females in that age bracket in the city.”

Satellite image of the area near 98th and Tower SW where a girl was found dead in 1996. (Courtesy APD)
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