ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – The FBI is now taking over the investigation into the disappearance and death of Renezmae Calzada.
One day after authorities found the 5-year old girl’s body in the Rio Grande near Española, the feds believe whatever happened to the girl may have happened on nearby Santa Clara Pueblo land.
Based on where Renezmae’s body was located and the likelihood that any alleged crimes may have occurred on the pueblo, federal authorities say the investigation falls under their jurisdiction.
A kindergartner, Calzada went missing Sunday morning around 9:30 a.m. Authorities was Calzada was last seen playing in the front yard of her stepfather’s Española home. Her mother reported her missing around 8 p.m. that evening.
Calzada’s stepfather, Malcolm Torres, is still in custody on warrants out of Bernalillo County. However, he hasn’t been formally accused or charged in the girl’s disappearance and death.
For the past few days, some community members around Española have wondered if there’s a kidnapper on the loose.
When KRQE News 13 asked the FBI if parents should be worried that a suspect could still be out there, the FBI said they “don’t believe the public is at risk.”
“It could’ve happened to anyone,” said Española resident Anna Archuletta. “You have to be careful with your kids.”
No charges have been filed yet in this case. The FBI still isn’t calling this a murder, however, they’re considering her death suspicious while they await autopsy results.
Renezmae’s elementary school told KRQE News 13 they’re creating a mural in her honor.
If you have any information regarding this case, contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.