LA CUEVA, N.M. (KRQE) - As New Mexico State Police continue to search for moreinformation about cop killer Joseph Burgess they're about to takethat search deep into the Jemez Mountains.
Burgess, who was wanted for two murders in Canada in 1972,apparently spent the last eight to 10 years hiding in the mountainsnorthwest of Albuquerque. His time there included breaking intocabins and stealing food, liquor and clothing earning him thenickname Cookie Bandit.
Then on July 16 he killed Sandoval County sheriff's Sgt. JoeHarris in a gun battle in which he also died. Harris and a deputyhad staked out a cabin near La Cueva in hopes of catching theCookie Bandit in the act.
Burgess's identity as a fugitive murder suspect only becameknown from fingerprints taken after his death.
State Police are now hoping to find Burgess's camp or camps tolearn more about him and what he'd been up to. That includes anyevidence linking him to a series of unsolved murders in Californiaand Arizona and the presumed death of a camper in the JemezMountains.
On Wednesday police with search dogs will head out trying topick up Burgess's scent using the clothes he wore the night of theshootout
"Right now we have about half a dozen personnel set asideprepared to go up there," State Police Lt. Eric Garcia told KRQENews 13. "They're ready for the three days and are ready to stay upthere longer if they need to.
"They're all member of the Investigations Bureau and searchteams out of that area."
Police said learning where Burgess spent his time can tell thema lot including whether he played a role in the disappearance ofDavid Eley who vanished in 2006 while camping in the same areaBurgess was known to frequent. The link between the two is thepistol Burgess used to shoot Harris which was later traced toEley.
An FBI team spent Monday looking for Eley's body in the Jemez.However they didn't find anything but will continue searching, aspokesman said.
The State Police search initially will focus on the trails thatlead to the cabin where the gun battle occurred.
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