The Latest: Bones not connected to unsolved serial killing
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the human remains found on Albuquerque’s West Mesa (all times local):
Albuquerque authorities say bones discovered earlier this week in an area where 11 women were found buried nearly a decade ago aren’t connected to an unsolved serial killing but rather are part of an archaeological site that dates back centuries.
The Office of the Medical Investigator released its findings Friday.
A forensic anthropologist and forensic dentist used dental features, bone weathering scales and other observations to determine the age and origin of the remains.
The state archaeologist will ensure that any remaining skeletal elements are collected and removed for appropriate reburial.
Construction workers who were building a park on the city’s West Mesa discovered the remains Tuesday. It was less than a mile from the mass grave where human remains were unearthed in 2009.
Police on Friday shared the medical investigator’s findings with family members of a number of women who are still missing.
Human remains recently found near the Albuquerque spot where 11 women were discovered buried almost a decade ago also is near an archaeological site.
The Albuquerque Journal reports a team of archaeologists had been digging in the park just a few years earlier. They were researching a 1,000-year-old food-storage pit, a campsite and pottery fragments found there in 2015.
Matt Schmader, an archaeologist on the dig, says it’s possible the remains found Tuesday are historical.
Police spokesman Officer Simon Drobik says it’s not yet known whether the remains found on Tuesday were ancient or connected to the case from nearly a decade ago
Investigators say nearly all the dead women disappeared between 2003 and early 2005 and had worked as prostitutes.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com