Sunday, March 15, 2009
Human Foot Found in Yard
By Hailey Heinz
Journal Staff Writer
A human foot was found Saturday in the backyard of a woman who has been missing since Tuesday, police said.
Geralyn Jaramillo, 48, was reported missing to police on Thursday after her family hadn't heard from her in two days, Albuquerque police spokeswoman Nadine Hamby said.
Later that day, police were called to Jaramillo's Westgate Heights home to check on her brother, who was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital for a behavioral health check, Hamby said.
Police were called back to the house in the 8500 block of Rushing Brook SW on Saturday at about 3 p.m. after a relative of Jaramillo's told police he had seen loose dirt in the backyard, started digging and uncovered a human foot.
Police were awaiting a warrant late Saturday night to begin the painstaking process of digging up the scene without disturbing potential evidence.
Hamby said it was unclear whether the foot had been severed or was attached to the rest of a body, since police had not done any more digging since the initial discovery.
Neighbor Harry Deverna called Jaramillo a "good friend," although he said he did not see her very often. He said Jaramillo worked at Southern Wine & Spirits, but he was not sure what she did there.
Deverna said Jaramillo had lived in the neighborhood since about 2001.
Police have not named any suspects in the case but are investigating it as a homicide.
The case would mark the 15th killing in Bernalillo County this year, including nine on the West Side.