LAS CRUCES (KRQE) - On Saturday, "America’s Most Wanted" shined a nationalspotlight on the 20-year-old Las Cruces bowling alley murders thatleft four people dead and began the hunt for two killers.
On Feb. 10, 1990, seven people were shot at a popular bowlingalley in Las Cruces. Two of the victims who died weresisters--Valerie Terán, 2, and Paula Terán, 6--who diedalong with their father, Steve Terán, and Amy Houser, 13.
Las Cruces detectives said two Hispanic men, now known only by acouple of sketches, shot the employees and children executionstyle. Police said the men then ran off with $4,000-$5,000.
Lead Detective Mark Myers said the department has followed everylead that’s been tossed their way. They started with thecountless fingerprints taken from the murder scene.
“They processed the whole bowling alley,” Myerssaid.
When detectives eliminated all possible suspects they moved onto more than a 1,000 call in tips since 1990. Myers said some oftips were the names of potential suspects.
However, they were all ruled out after detectives discoveredsome of those named had died before the shootings and others werealready locked up.
It’s been 20 years since the murders took place anddetectives have still not made a single arrest.
Still, Myers said the case is far from cold. Last month, adocumentary generated renewed interest.
“We've had tips as late as last week,” Myerssaid.
Saturday night the horrific details were given new life whenAmerica’s Most Wanted televised it to the nation.
“Undoubtedly it will bring in new leads,” Myer said.He hopes one of the new leads will be the tip that solves the caseand brings peace to a community still mourning two decadeslater.
The title of the documentary is "A Nightmare In Las Cruces." Itwas released last month on the 20th anniversary of the murders.
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