- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Several bone fragments are looking less likely to be connected a Santa Fe woman who disappeared more than 60 years ago, investigators said.

A lab in Texas determined that all but one of four fragments came from either a horse or a cow, Santa Fe police said Thursday. Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said the lab will continue testing the last bone.

“We are unsure at this point even if the bone is human (and) if we will be able to extract DNA,” Espinoza said.

Police found the fragments in March in the garage of a home that once belonged to the husband of then 26-year-old Inez Garcia, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (https://bit.ly/1plVmFJ ).

Garcia was last seen in the early morning of Nov. 6, 1952. Her husband, Juan Andres Jose Garcia, told police that his wife had been drinking the day before. She and her visiting sister then went to two downtown bars. According to investigators, Inez Garcia reportedly kept to herself. Two people tried to get her to leave but she refused. Those people told police they stopped at her house to tell her husband where she was.

The victim’s sister told authorities a stranger at George King’s bar approached Inez Garcia around 1 a.m. and she followed him outside. The sister told police by the time she got outside, she didn’t see Inez or the man.

Police went on to question Juan Garcia several times. In April 1954, Garcia’s attorney complained his client’s civil rights were being violated. Juan Garcia, who was 40 at the time of his wife’s disappearance, died in the mid-1990s. The couple had four children.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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