ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department reports that homicide detectives are conducting an investigation at the Albuquerque International Sunport parking garage Friday morning. According to APD, the remains of at least two people were found in the parking garage.
During a news conference, APD explained between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. airport security was performing random checks in the parking structures when they came across a foul odor and notified police.
While the investigation is in its early stages, APD Chief Harold Medina stated that the homicide did not take place at the airport and that authorities at this time cannot verify that the crime was committed within the City of Albuquerque. “Obviously there’s a lot of surveillance equipment around the airport so this is going to take some time for evidence to be processed, for video to be reviewed,” said Medina. “We do have our video unit out here assisting and gathering up the video so that they can move as quickly as possible in obtaining any evidence that may be out there.”
APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallegos stated that there was a vehicle at the parking structure however, at this time the department will not provide additional information due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.
“We may have a vehicle but we don’t know what the vehicle’s connection is to this incident and I would hate for a family member to see a vehicle and immediately panic without us having any answers as a community as to what has occurred,” said Medina. The vehicle was found to be suspicious due to its odor. The department says they will provide more information as they are able to.
“We most certainly do regular checks of all of the facility to include the parking garage, we make those checks regularly and daily,” said CABQ Director of Aviation Nyika Allen. “We do have vehicles that park there for months on end because it is airport parking and so this was suspicious solely because of the odor coming from it.”
Allen says that all airport operations are functioning normally and the crime scene is moving away from the airport.
In 2011, there was a similar scene at the Albuquerque Sunport when a man was found dead in a parked van. Laura Stelmasek and her lover Marzet Farris, killed Stelmaaesk’s husband Craig. They then drove his body from Prescott, Arizona and dumped it in Albuquerque. Laura Stelmasek and Marzet Farris were both sentenced to life behind bars for the murder.