Three months after the remains of 11 adults and a fetus were found buried on a dust-swept mesa near Albuquerque, the police say they are making progress in solving the killings. But relatives of the victims are skeptical. The victims were young women who had drifted into prostitution or drugs and vanished off the streets of Albuquerque from 2001 to 2006.
Clues have been hard to come by, however, and digging at the 100-acre crime scene was suspended last month. Investigators are considering “persons of interest” both alive and dead, including those incarcerated in New Mexico and Texas and those with a criminal history of soliciting prostitutes and drugs. Many families of the victims praise the resources law enforcement has devoted to the crime scene but insist it has come too late.