ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A huge push to solve a cold case that's haunted the state for two decades has five agencies joining forces to find Tara Calico and her abductors.
Tara Calico disappeared in Valencia County on Sept. 20, 1988. The 19-year-old went for a bike ride and never came back.
Since then, only one detective at a time from Valencia County has been assigned to Calico's.
On Wednesday Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard announced four more agencies are joining the search.
Burkhard said Valencia County will still spearhead the case, but now a detective from the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police and Homeland Security Investigations are on the case.
The new detectives will look at every piece of evidence that have been gathered over the 25 years. They will also re-interview several people.
The massive workload is already underway.
"I know we have transferred some of the original evidence from the incident here," Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said.
The sheriff would not say if investigators believe Calico is alive or dead. However, a picture found in a Florida parking lot, months after Calico's disappearance, still haunts the family.
The picture shows a girl who resembles Calico bound and gagged. Experts determined it was likely not her, but Calico's mother Pat, who has since died, told KRQE News 13 in 2003 she had no doubt it was her daughter.
For years detectives have believed the abductors are from the Valencia County area. One may be dead and the other may have fled the area.
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