APD uses new site to track down leads in homicides

With murders up in Albuquerque this year, APD is resorting to a new strategy to help solve dozens of those cases. There’s now a web page featuring all the unsolved murders from this year.

Each face has a name, a family and a story.

“These are people, they’re human beings, a mother, father, daughter, son, ” said Officer Simon Drobik with APD.

He’s referring to a new page of the city’s website designated just for the homicide victims on 2018.  Each profile has a picture of the victim and a description of how, where and when they were killed.    

“When homicide goes out to these calls, they see the family members who are suffering, and they intimately get to know the victim in each case. We want that same type of experience with the public,” said Drobik.  

Some cases have more leads than others, like 18-year-old Gisele Carriaga who was dumped outside Lovelace Hospital in April. 

Police released a picture of the car leaving the scene.  Or there’s the surveillance video of a suspect in the death of Hilarie Humble, who was found dead outside an apartment on Western Skies in May. 

“We want a continuous database of where people can go into and learn about what happened, who we’re looking for, who’s in the case,” said Drobik. 

He said it is also an effort to help the family members, like those of Ross Romero. 

“He was that big brother, let’s go do this, he was just a great big brother,” said Romero’s sister Mariah Gonzales during an interview in May.   

The 28-year-old corrections officer and father of two was shot and killed on the I-25 Jefferson off-ramp in May.

“I didn’t want to believe it, it just… I didn’t want to believe it, even now I don’t want to believe it,” said Gonzales.  

APD said he was an innocent bystander helping a friend change a tire. It’s cases like his, APD desperately wants to solve. 

“If we solve one crime because of this, it will be successful,” said Drobik. 

26 homicides are listed on the site.  Drobik said as more information is made available in each case, detectives will add those details to the profiles.

So far there have been 54 murders in Albuquerque this year.  APD plans to add unsolved cases from years past. 

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