Bones found in connection to 1950s missing person case

SANTA FE (KRQE) –  Santa Fe Police say bones found this week during the excavation of a garage may provide a lead in a decades old missing persons case.

Police say 26-year-old Inez Garcia, a mother of four, disappeared without a trace in 1952. Her husband, who is now dead, told police the couple had gotten into an argument in downtown Santa Fe at a bar, she jumped out of their car, never came back.

Police say there were never any solid leads, though they heard rumors Garcia’s body was buried in the garage of the family’s home in the 500 block of Onate. Recently detectives decided to take a fresh look at the case and received permission from the new owner to dig in the garage.

“We found about four pieces of bone fragment, kind of the size of two fingers put together, and some shards in the dirt,” Santa Fe Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt told KRQE News 13. “We took those to the Office of the Medical Investigator and they said it was possible they were human.”

The bones are now at a lab in Texas for further analysis. Police say they’ll take DNA samples from one of Garcia’s surviving daughters. If the bones are from a human, police hope they can run a DNA comparison.

This isn’t the first time bones have been found in the home’s garage. Police say in the 1990s two bones were located in the garage, though it was later determined they were not human bones.

Police say Garcia’s husband was a person of interest in her disappearance, and that while he was alive, he didn’t allow anyone into the garage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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