The Albuquerque Police Department has entered the world of podcasting.
“Duke City Case Files Podcast” features cold cases, unsolved investigations and other initiatives going on within the department. In an effort to engage with the community — and a broader audience — the podcast is available on multiple platforms, including a video version on YouTube and APD’s social media channels in addition to the audio version on each episode that will be uploaded to podcast streaming platforms.
Two episodes have been released so far. The first dives into the case of 71-year-old Agnes Tybo, a Native American woman visiting Albuquerque for the Indian National Finals Rodeo in 1983. She was staying at Sundowner Motel on Central Avenue when she was found murdered in her room on Nov. 10, 1983. The case is currently being worked on by retired homicide Sgt. Liz Thomson, who is now a cold case investigator working as part of a task force with the attorney general’s office on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Investigators have a good foundation to now move forward with the case, utilizing today’s technology to see what can be uncovered from the evidence. Those with information regarding the case should contact Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP (7867) or visit crimestoppersnm.com, where you will remain anonymous and possibly earn a cash reward.
The second episode, “The Missings,” focuses on the West Mesa murders and features eight missing women who are believed to be tied to the case. All eight went missing between 2003-06; then, in 2009, the remains of 11 women and an unborn child were found along 118th Street along the city’s West Mesa. Investigators believe the eight women featured in the episode met the same fate. The missing women and when they were last seen are Martha Jo Lucher, 2003; Anna Vigil, 2005; Felipa Gonzales, 2005; Nina Herron, 2005; Vanessa Reed, 2006; Jillian Ortiz, 2006; and Leah Peebles, 2006. Those with information regarding the missing women should contact Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP (7867), visit crimestoppersnm.com or contact Investigator Ida Lopez at ILopez@cabq.gov.