ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque Police said they received about 130 new tips regarding the West Mesa murder mystery, as a result of the seven pictures released this week and the TV special that aired Friday night on national television.
The tips led police to identify one of the woman in the pictures as Christina Leyba from Albuquerque. Police said family members called to identify Leyba and to report that she passed away a few years ago from a medical issue.
Sgt. Trish Hoffman from APD said police don't believe Leyba had any connection to the West Mesa murders.
Police have information on a few others shown in the pictures, but they have not been able to positively ID them yet. They believe the women in the pictures may have a connection to the 11 women found buried in the West Mesa nearly two years ago. The victims all had ties to drugs and prostitution.
"We're getting basic tips like, 'Oh I saw this person on a bus on whatever street,' as well as tips like people who say, 'I know who Christina Leyba was,' so either way we want them identified, and we believe that several of the women are alive," said Hoffman.
Police said tips have been pouring in from all over the country. APD fielded about 30 calls during the 2-hour Dateline special on the West Mesa murders.
Police won't reveal where the photos came from because they said the investigation is ongoing.
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