Sante Fe police dug up a garage floor late last week and found bones that they believe are the remains of Inez Garcia, who went missing in 1952 at the age of 27. The home belonged to her and her husband at the time. She was reported missing by her husband. He told police that the couple went out to a bar and then on the way home she jumped out of the vehicle. The husband, Juan Garcia, has since died.
Police got permission to dig in the garage and found bones including a possible tibia and forearm. They have been sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator. The bones will be sent to a lab in Texas to confirm that they are human and for DNA testing. The process could take more than 2 months.
Inez Garcia’s four children told police she would never just leave and not come back, “There were lots of rumors that [the husband] buried her…” said police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt, “Family members said that Garcia would have never left her kids.”
A DNA swab has been obtained from the only surviving daughter of Garcia for comparison to the bones, if DNA can be obtained from them. In 1996, the home changed hands and detectives searched the garage, but found nothing. Detectives were recently reading through cold cases and decided to “poke around” the garage again. James Douglas, who rents the home now, said police contacted him about digging. The home was turned into three apartments about 20 years ago. He was asked what he thought about a body being under the garage for more than 50 years, he said “I really don’t know.”