ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From the beginning, she was an important face in the Albuquerque Police Department’s investigation into the city’s largest unsolved crime.
Missing persons detective Ida Lopez had spent years searching for many of the 11 women whose bodies eventually were found buried in 2009 in shallow graves on the West Mesa.
“She put her whole heart into it. That was her looking for her own kids when it’s our kids,” said Eleanor Griego, whose daughter was one of the victims. “When they found them, she cried for them, too.”