The Story

On September 20, 1988 at the age of 19, Tara Calico, the promising University of New Mexico student disappeared about 150 yards from the Rio Communities golf course near her home in Belen, New Mexico.  Nine months later on June 15th, 1989, a Polaroid of an unidentified young woman and a boy, bound and gagged in the back of a van was found in a parking lot at a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. The girl in the photo looks like Tara Calico hence throwing her case into the national spotlight. There has been much speculation on whether the young lady in the photo is Tara, in which her mother, Patty Doel, believed it was. Ten years after the photo was found the case on Tara had seem to have gone cold. Then on September 20, 2008, the 20th anniversary of Tara’s disappearance, the Valencia County News Bulletin published an article stating that Rene Rivera, Sherriff of Valencia County, knew what happened to Tara. Rivera states, he knows the names of the boys now men that that committed the crime and the parents that helped covered it up.  To date Tara’s case remains unsolved and no arrests have been made.

She’s buried out here somewhere.
— Ray Flores, Former Captain, VCSD

Tara's case is hailed by Investigation Discovery Magazine as one of their top 10 unsolved cases.  I was interviewed by ID Magazine and reveal information in this issue.