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BREAKING: 4th West Mesa Victim ID’d

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three of four women identified so far knew each other.


Julie Nieto, born in August 1980, becomes the fourth woman identified from remains found at the “largest crime scene in Albuquerque history” near 118th and Dennis Chavez SW, police announced at a news conference this afternoon.

Nieto joins Cinnamon Elks, Victoria Chavez and Michelle Valdez. Police also confirmed the identity of Elks at this afternoon’s news conference.

Investigators have used dental records provided by family members to identify the four women.

Cause and manner of death still have not been determined for any of the 13 victims, and the Office of the Medical Investigator is still trying to identify the rest of the remains.

Stay tuned to for more information as it becomes available, and pick up a copy of tomorrow’s paper for more coverage.

Here are some of the Albuquerque Journal’s earlier stories:

Today: “Third West Mesa Victim Identified”

March 4: “Lost Women: Don’t These Cases Deserve a Deeper Look?”

Feb. 28: “Body Count: 13”

Feb. 27: “No More Wondering”

Feb. 26: “Pregnant Victim Identified”

Feb. 26: “Scientist Helps ID the Remains”

Feb. 24: “Body Count at 10: Recent discovery on West Mesa is woman who was pregnant”

Feb. 19: “Skeleton Completed”

Feb. 18: “Skeleton Puts Count at Six”

Feb. 10: “Remains of 3 Found on West Mesa”

Feb. 7: “Bones Uncovered After Excavation”




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