VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - A new task for assigned to the 25-year-old disappearance of Tara Calico said a tip will send detectives on another search soon.
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Aaron Williamson is a spokesperson for one of the detectives in the task force. He said in the past few weeks, more than a dozen tips have come in about Calico.
The 19-year-old vanished in 1988 while going for a bike ride in her hometown of Belen.
Now, 25 years later, Williamson said they’ve received a tip that they want to look into.
“It just takes that one tip to break it wide open,” Williamson said. “We are hearing a lot of info of people either recall seeing Tara on the roadway that day.”
Williamson said there are tips that could hold information only Calico’s abductors know or someone they told.
“They recall hearing somebody at a party or a gathering talking about a particular case,” Williamson said.
A recent tip has peaked the interest of detectives.
“We got information of where Calico's remains may buried,” Williamson said.
Williamson won’t give specifics of where, but said detectives will soon search that area.
It won't be the first in this case. In the past two decades, detectives have combed through fields and even dug up a concrete swimming pool only to come up empty handed. There has been no sign of the missing teen or the bicycle she was riding the day she disappeared.
The new task force, made up of five new investigators, is combing through the entire case again.
While Calico’s family has always hoped she's still alive, so far, detectives said the tips they're getting don’t support that.
“The tips that we received so far, nobody has actually said I know where she is at; she is alive,” Williamson said.
Investigators have said from the beginning until they have found a body they will not rule out that Calico is alive.
If anyone has information you are asked to call the tip line at 855-542-0952 or visit coldcasetaskforce.com.
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