ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police trying to solve the case of a woman who disappeared fromValencia County 21 years ago had their hopes pinned on finding DNAfrom a photo believed linked to the case, but forensic scientistson Monday found nothing usable on the photo.
Tara Calico, then 19, disappeared Sept. 20, 1988, while ridingher bicycle on a road in rural Valencia County.
Earlier this year, investigators in Port St. Joe, Fla., receiveda photo of a boy with a gag drawn on his mouth. It was postmarkedin Albuquerque on June 20, 20 years to the day after another photowas discovered in a Port St. Joe parking lot showing a womanbelieved to be Calico and a man identified as Michael Henley tiedand gagged in a bed.
Henley, who went missing around the same time as Calico, waslater found dead.
While FBI analysts determined the woman in the old photo is notCalico, her mother said she had no doubt it was her, saying Calicoand the woman in the photo had the same birthmark.
The photos were extremely similar, so investigators sent both toa crime lab to see if they could get any DNA from them, butscientists were unable to find a usable sample, according toDetective Jake Richards with Port St. Joe police.
Richards said they also learned through their investigation thatthe same photos were sent to three other law enforcement agenciesand several churches.
With nothing to go on, Port St. Joe police have closed the caseon their end. Investigators in New Mexico are continuing to work onthe case and say they will investigate any tip they receive.
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