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Albuquerque Detective Named N.M.’s Top Officer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ida Lopez presented law enforcement office of the year award by the New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association

New Mexico’s law enforcement officer of the year is the lead detective in the case of 11 women whose bodies were found buried on Albuquerque’s West Mesa.

The New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association presented the award to Ida Lopez on Thursday night.

Lopez was nominated by Albuquerque police for her work on the case.

A woman walking her dog near a new development in February 2009 alerted authorities after her dog found a bone.

Investigators eventually unearthed 11 bodies and a fetus.

All but one of the women was from Albuquerque. Most had been prostitutes before disappearing between early 2003 and early 2005.

Lopez knew of many of the victims because she’d collected a list of missing prostitutes for years.

No one has been arrested in the case.