Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Seventh Victim on Mesa Named
By Jeff Proctor
Journal Staff Writer
Police drew a step closer to completing the puzzle of the far Southwest Mesa mystery Tuesday with the identification of a seventh victim.
Doreen Marquez, an Albuquerque native born in August 1976, was last seen dropping her son off at Calvary Christian Academy on Lead SE in October 2003, according to police records. It is unclear whether she returned to pick up the child.
But Marquez was not reported missing until December 2004, when a friend of hers told police she had become concerned that Marquez had left two of her children with a family member in Roswell and never returned, police records show.
Four sets of adult remains found near 118th and Dennis Chavez SW since Feb. 2 have not yet been identified. Marquez's were the third set of remains found on the mesa.
Authorities reached out to dentists across the state to ask if any of them had dental records for Marquez, Police Chief Ray Schultz said at a news conference Tuesday. That search was unsuccessful.
But detectives caught a break, the chief said, when the Metropolitan Detention Center provided dental records for Marquez. She had gotten some work done on her teeth while incarcerated at the West Side jail several years ago, and jail officials found the records in their archives.
Marquez had struggled with addiction, police said. She had an arrest history that included drug possession charges, and APD's VICE detectives say they knew her as a prostitute.
A family member reached by telephone Tuesday said Marquez's sister was not yet ready to speak with the media.
Marquez's lifestyle was similar to those of the six other victims who have been identified. They are Victoria Chavez, Gina Michelle Valdez, Julie Nieto, Cinnamon Elks, Victoria Romero and Monica Candelaria.
All seven names were on a list of missing women that detectives have been investigating since early 2001.
Schultz said more than 90 percent of the 11 adult sets of remains have been recovered from the site on the mesa. The remains of Valdez's unborn child also are complete.
Last week, police found a human bone fragment on the mesa, the chief said. It had been nearly two weeks before that since any human remains had been unearthed there.
Schultz said authorities will continue to search the area through at least the end of this week.