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The people in the following pages are victims of unsolved homicide and missing person cases in Bernalillo County.

These cases are unresolved and assigned to the investigators at the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department

Cold Case Unit. We are asking for assistance from the public in developing new leads to help solve these crimes.

You can read about these cases and contact investigators via email through this site.

  The Cold Case Unit is available at (505) 468-7454 / (505) 468-7225.

You can also provide tips by calling Crime Stoppers (505) 843-STOP (7867)

Criminal Investigations Division

On Sunday July 20, 1986, George and Elma Rigel were found dead inside their home at 388 Tyler Road NW in Albuquerque. The husband and wife were discovered in the office area of their residence. Both were found with plastic bags tied over their heads, and their hands were bound. Their death appeared to be the result of a robbery. The victim’s owned a gas station and were known to keep large amounts of cash inside their home before making a deposit. 

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On October 29, 1999 at approximately 2:50 p.m., 20 year old Jose Holguin was shot in the head while driving with friends just outside Rio Grande High School. The victim and the driver of a second vehicle exchanged words and shots were fired from the second vehicle. The second vehicle was identified as a dark blue Honda sedan with tinted windows and “5 star” chrome rims.  Jose died immediately as a result of the gunshot wound.

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On the morning of October 12, 2001, Dennis Krueger was found dead inside his vehicle near the intersection of NM Highway 333 and NM Highway 217. Mr. Krueger was last seen alive on October 11, 2001, as he prepared to drive to Alamogordo, NM. The victim was familiar to many as he sold wooden patio furniture at a lot located on Paseo Del Norte NE.  Dennis Krueger was killed with his personal firearm.

GEORGE AND ELMA RIGEL   Case Number  86-08029

JOSE HOLGUIN   Case Number  99-563248  

DENNIS KRUEGER   Case Number  01-563296

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In June of 1987, 17 year old Norma Denise Sahm and two friends ran away from Hogares, a youth home in Bernalillo County. The girls she initially ran away with returned to Hogares, however Norma Denise did not.  She was reported missing June 13, 1987.  On July 6, 1988 the remains of an unidentified female was found by hikers off Squaw Road on the west mesa. The victim’s death was ruled a homicide. In June of 2005, the FBI Laboratory confirmed the remains found were those of Norma Denise Sahm.

NORMA DENISE SAHM  Case Number  87-006907     

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