Tara Calico went missing from Belen, New Mexico in 1988 while going on her daily bike ride. Tara’s case captivated the nation when a Polaroid of a woman who many still believe is Tara was found in 1989. This case has remained unsolved for decades. But Tara’s case gained a lot of new interest nearly 20 years later when the new Sheriff stated that he believed he knew exactly what happened to Tara Calico. But was unable to make an arrest due to the responsible parties being so well connected.
If you have any information about the disappearance of Tara Calico, please call the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or send information online at tips.fbi.gov.
Information to share:
Much of my research came from the amazing work done by Melinda Esquibel on her podcast, Vanished: The Tara Calico Investigation. Listen to the podcast and learn more at https://www.taracalico.com/
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