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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)

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On March 18, 1998 at approximately 10:45 a.m., deputies responded to a traffic accident at the intersection of Vito Romero SW and Isleta SW in Albuquerque.  Further investigation determined 38 year old Phillip Lee Pena  was intentionally hit by a vehicle and later died of his injuries. The suspect vehicle was identified as an 80’s model Chevrolet Camaro Coupe.

On May 15, 1994, the body of 29 year old Leonel Gonzales was discovered in an irrigation ditch near Pajarito Road and Coors Road SW.  Leonel Gonzales died from a small caliber gunshot wound to the head. The victim’s white 1978 Ford F-100 truck was missing when the body was discovered.  Leonel may have attended a small party on Pajarito prior to his death.

On June 13, 1998, deputies responded to a shooting at 2553 Isleta Road SW.  The victim was identified as 48 year old Jose Ernesto Montano aka Joe Ernest Montano.  He was shot and killed outside his home by the occupant of a small silver colored vehicle. Several witnesses heard arguing and at least two gunshots before the vehicle fled.

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On January 2, 1988, the body of 16 year old Tyra Perry was found in a remote area in the Sandia Mountains.  Tyra was last seen alive on December 28, 1987.  Witnesses reported a male forcing Tyra into a large white vehicle; at a store near the 3800 block of East Central.  Tyra Perry was pregnant at the time of her death, she and her fetus died of multiple stab wounds.

PHILLIP LEE PENA   Case Number  98-554713

LEONEL GONZALES   Case Number  94-74372

JOSE ERNESTO MONTANO     Case Number   98-557735

TYRA PERRY   Case Number   88-00372

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MARTY ORTEGA   Case Number   99-565322

On or about December 6, 1999, 40 year old Marty Ortega was badly beaten by a group of men. He was hospitalized for multiple injuries that required surgery.  Marty was at his parent’s home where he died from the injuries sustained from the assault.


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