It’s been almost 35 years since Tara Calico disappeared during a bicycle ride near her home in New Mexico, but authorities announced Tuesday that they have enough evidence now to turn the case over to the district attorney’s office for possible prosecution.
The suspects haven’t been named and court records remain sealed. Authorities said they hope to provide more information as the case progresses.
Valencia County Sheriff Denise Vigil and other officials gathered at the courthouse in Los Lunas, about 24 miles south of Albuquerque, to provide an update in the case, which has become well-known within the law enforcement community and among parents worried about their children biking through the rural county.
Despite having limited resources, Vigil said investigators never gave up on the case. Enlisting the help of federal investigators, she said the sheriff’s office followed up on many theories, leads and tips that poured in over the years.
The sheriff’s office also received help from the Rocky Mountain Information Network, which provides investigative funding and analytical assistance for smaller law enforcement agencies. Officials did not provide any specifics about the evidence that was analyzed or what led to the break in the case.
In 2019, the FBI posted a reward of up to $20,000 for information regarding Calico’s whereabouts, as well as the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her disappearance.