BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) - Twenty-two years after Tara Calico disappeared during abike ride on State Road 47 in Rio Communities, there is a renewedpush to find out what happened to her.
"I just had all these emotions stirred up in me" Esquibel saidabout reading a news article marking the 20-year anniversary ofCalico's disappearance. "We were classmates, in bandtogether, and what happened to her could have happened to any oneof us."
Calico was 19 when she disappeared.
Valencia County Sheriff Rene Rivera said he hopes Esquibel'sefforts aid the investigation.
Rivera, who has worked on this case for many years, is on apersonal mission to put this case to rest. He told KRQE News 13 hewelcomes any help he can get and that he believes Facebook can be apowerful tool.
"People will get fired up, and they will write on Facebook," hesaid. "And I hope by doing that, the right person willdivulge all the information we are lacking."
Rivera says based on the information he's received he believesthe people responsible for Calico's disappearance are still aliveand in the area. Rivera says while he believes his office hasenough to arrest a person he doesn't believe the case is strongenough for court. Rivera said he is still lacking the piece thatwill officially close this case.
Esquibel said she hopes she can help make that happen. HerFacebook page already has 700 fans, and her website has trafficfrom 39 countries.
"I think the people who are involved need to be held accountablefor what they did," Esquibel said.
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