ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - From foul-ups to a full blown cover-up, a new book points a finger firmly at Albuquerque police for failing to solve at 1989 murder.
"I never thought that this long afterward we would still be looking for her killers," said Lois Duncan Arquette.
That is exactly what Kaitlyn Arquette's mother, Lois Duncan, is doing 24 years after her daughter's death.
She details her families search with the help of a private investigator and others as well as possible motives for Kaitlyn's murder in her new book, "One to the Wolves."
"Kait was in a position to expose a great many criminal activities, some of which appear to have been covered up by certain cops," Duncan said.
Arquette was 18 years old when she was shot and killed on Lomas near Arno on July 16, 1989.
At the time, Albuquerque police said it was a drive-by shooting.
"We immediately thought the police would solve it. They said they would solve it and we were very naive," said Duncan.
APD did make an arrest in the case, but the charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.
The case then stalled until Duncan wrote her first book about it in 1992.
"A lot of informants did come out of the wood work and we began to learn things that we had never even guessed when I wrote that first book," she said.
Duncan said some of those things included the initial officer on scene calling it in as an accident with no injuries and that there was a man at the scene that neither of the officers interviewed.
She also mentions a bizarre revelation by the paramedics who were dispatched to the scene. According to the book, the medics claimed when they arrived at the scene, there were no officers there, just Kaitlyn alone in her car unconscious and bleeding.
"They almost missed the scene because there was no one there to waive them over," Duncan said adding, "where did those cops go? Why did they leave their victim alone in the car to bleed to death?"
Then there are the crime scene photos Arquette's family got access to years later which showed rear-end damage to her car.
"Outside investigators have told us that indicates she was rammed from behind and forced off the road and then probably was shot at close range by someone on foot," she said.
As for the motive, Duncan outlines a few possible ones in the book.
Duncan believes it was Kaitlyn's boyfriend though who put her in danger.
He allegedly had ties to a Vietnamese gang running a rental car insurance fraud scheme and a chop-shop for stolen cars.
In the book, Duncan claims the investigating officers botched the case from the start, possibly to cover up their own ties to that chop-shop.
Still, after all this time, research and investigating the big question has yet to be answered.
"We are not sure who pulled the trigger on Kait," her mother said.
APD spokesperson did not return calls to see if anyone at the department had read or heard of the new book.
The Arquette case is classified as an open cold case, but not active.
Duncan said she expects this book will open a can of worms.
In a phone interview, she said she hopes the new police chief will hand the case over to another investigative agency, preferably a federal agency.
"Since APD has not been able to solve it and has no plans to continue to trying to solve it, let's let somebody else try," she said.
A Colorado company is recalling 45 tons of meat and poultry products a federal agency says were produced under unsanitary conditions.
New Mexico could become the third state in the nation to let doctors help their terminally-ill patients end their lives by prescribing medication to end their suffering.
APD is budgeted for 1,100 officers. Right now, the number of sworn officers is closer to 900.
The attorney for a state cop fired last week for shooting at a minivan full of kids tells News 13 her client deserves his job back.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.