I had assumed that Anselma Guerra, one of the many prostitutes missing from Albuquerque, would be identified from among the victims they found on the west mesa. I was mistaken. Unsolved in the News links to this article: Anselma, a mentally retarded woman with four children in foster care, met with an entirely different, but equally tragic, death.
Her body was found in the East Mountains in 2005. It looks like she was stabbed to death. She was identified in 2008, but the police couldn’t locate her family to notify them until the mesa victims hit the news this year. The prime suspect in her death was killed in a car accident two years ago.
At least they know where she’s at now.
Meanwhile, several of the mesa victims have yet to be identified.
(In semi-related news, the New Mexico State Legislature has formally requested that the police do all they can to solve the mesa murders and that the media stop trashing the victims for being prostitutes.
The labeling of these victims creates an atmosphere of ambivalence with regard to the crimes that have been perpetrated against them, while also denying their humanity and their role in our communities as daughters, mothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and granddaughters […] the deceased and missing women of New Mexico deserve diligence and respect under the law and in our public discourse, while their families deserve the right to carry their memories with dignity…
I think that’s kind of cool, actually, that the legislature would do that.)