Alamogordo cold case to be featured on TNT

Margaret Pointer
Thanks to the help of a TV show Alamogordo police may be close to solving a cold case.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – The mysterious murder of a New Mexico woman more than 25 years ago is getting national attention.

This week the TNT series “Cold Justice” is featuring an Alamogordo detective’s fight to find Margaret Pointer’s killer.

It was November 20, 1987 the last time anyone saw or heard from 27-year-old Pointer.

Alamogordo police say Pointer, a wife and mother, vanished after having coffee with a co-worker at the local Holiday Inn.

It wasn’t until 2004, nearly 17 years after she disappeared, that police caught a break.

A forest-thinning crew uncovered Pointer’s remains in the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft.

“There was a big flurry of activity around that time,” said Alamogordo Detective Lt. Roger Schoolcraft.

Police identified a person of interest, but they didn’t have enough evidence to pin the murder on him

That’s where the TNT crime show “Cold Justice” comes in.

The show features a set of detectives that travel around the U.S. to help other agencies crack cold murder cases like Alamogordo’s Pointer case.

“One of the coworkers they helped me locate actually heard an argument a very heated argument between Ms. Pointer and our subject just prior to when she disappeared,” said Schoolcraft.

Schoolcraft says the show helped his staff re-interview witnesses and find two people with information he says could be key in finally solving the case, like that heated argument Pointer allegedly had and the whereabouts of their person of interest the day she went missing.

“Someone’s responsible for taking her away from her family and they need to be held accountable for that,” said Schoolcraft.

Pointer’s sister says she’s hopeful “Cold Justice” will finally bring some closure.

“No one deserves to die and she deserves justice and our family deserves justice,” said Pointer’s sister Jeanne Dockery.

Detectives say they’re going to present their findings to the district attorney in hopes they’ll be able to charge their person of interest with murder.

The episode airs Friday night on TNT. 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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