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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 July 27, 1988 the bodies of two decomposed males were discovered east of North 14 near the Bernalillo County line. The victims were later identified as Jesus Ramirez and Andrew P. Mc Cumber. The bodies were discovered by individuals on a picnic. Jesus is from the state of Texas, he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

On August 7, 2003, 44 year old Phyllis Rosenbaum-Lockhart was found drowned in a drainage ditch near the water treatment plant at 4201 Second Street SW in Albuquerque. Later in the day, the victim’s 1997 Mercury was found on fire in a field off Wendell Road in the South Valley. Phyllis was a former Army veteran who served as a multilingual  interpreter.  She died of blunt force injuries, sharp force injuries and drowning. 

ERNEST C OTERO  Missing Person Case  03-8133398

JESUS RAMIREZ  Case Number  88-70058


BETTY VIGIL GARCIA  Missing Person Case  99-559572

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ALICIA ACOSTA   Case Number  09-603651

On January 19, 2009, 46 year old Alicia Acosta was killed while inside her smoke shop business on Isleta Boulevard SW.  Two young males entered the business and after a brief conversation, one of the males shot Alicia in her chest.  She later died of her injuries after calling 9-1-1.  The motive is still unknown. This is an active investigation.

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On August 13, 2003, the daughter of Ernest Otero reported her father missing.  August 8, 2003, a note was left by Ernest saying he was “going away to think.” Ernest has not been seen or communicated with anyone in his family since August 11, 2003. 

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On December 26, 1998, 34 year old Betty Vigil Garcia was last seen by her mother inside the “Drift In Lounge,” located near Coors Road SW and Bridge Road SW in Albuquerque.  Weeks later, Betty’s mother reported her missing to police.  Foul play is suspected. 

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