Family tries to solve new mystery of old photo

Mystery photo
One family is trying to solve the mystery of the unknown boy in this photo.

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – An old picture from a yard sale has become a new mystery for one New Mexico family. They are asking for your help to solve it.

Younger members of the family grew up with a picture of a boy next to photos of them and their cousins. Only recently did they realize, he is not part of the family. Now, they’re trying to track him down.

“So, this is all that’s on the back of the picture,” said Tina McQuerry as she took the photo out of its frame.

Only a red marking is on the back, hardly a hint as to where the photo may have come from.

Yet, for the last 10 to 15 years, the puzzle of a picture has sat in the family room of a Los Lunas home next to pictures of the grandkids and great grandkids in the Salazar family.

“I don’t even know him. I don’t even know who he is,” said Lugarda Salazar.

Grandma, as she is known as in the family, said she got the picture at a yard sale.

“I don’t know what we were looking for, an iron I think,” Salazar said. “I thought he was such a pretty little boy.”

A mother to nine kids and a grandmother to many more, she welcomed the boy who seemed to be forgotten and without a home into her own.

“We grew up with him, but he didn’t grow up with us so I’d like to know what his story is,” said McQuerry, Salazar’s granddaughter.

McQuerry is trying to find out who he is.

“The other day when I was dusting the pictures here with grandma, I thought, well this is an opportunity for me to put it on Facebook,” she said.

The mystery started to catch people’s attention on social media earlier this week.

Now, dozens of people are sharing the story, hoping to help figure it out.

“A flood of comments, a lot of people sharing it, people messaging me asking to bring grandma baked goods, pies,” McQuerry said.

A lot of people intrigued by the story but still no name to go with the familiar face.

“He has always been there, and we just would like to know his story,” McQuerry said.

The family said their grandma doesn’t travel much, so they think she got the picture from local yard sale, somewhere between Belen and Los Lunas. 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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