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Serial Murder Case on Business Cards

Serial murder case on business cards

West Mesa Murders get new attention

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A unique new business card is about to go into circulation that detectives hope will help find the killer of the 11 women found buried on Albuquerque’s west mesa in 2009.

The 2-year-old case has seen a lot of publicity since the first bone was discovered by a woman walking her dog. It’s even been broadcast on a national television show.

This will be the first time that the serial murder case is printed on a business card.

“They’re trying to keep the west mesa murder victim case in the public eye,” Albuquerque Chief of Police Ray Schultz said.

Schultz said the president from the agency Greenoffers, which is putting it all together, called the police department offering to help.

“He felt that he really had a calling to try and do everything that he could to help keep the case in the public’s eye,” Schultz said.

He said first, the company produced a video on the Open Space division within the Albuquerque Police Department, attached with a summary of the West Mesa murders and posted it on YouTube  (see video below).

The video is the first of many more to follow, highlighting APD’s many departments. Schultz said it’s already a hit.

“Within the first few days there were over 200 hits on the website,” Schultz said.

That could mean, people who’ve never heard of the 11 women murdered and buried off 118th Street SW in Albuquerque got a glimpse of the case too. However the group had an even bigger idea.

“Very soon you will start seeing these cards show up,” Schultz said.

The proof of the card shows the pictures of eight victims on one side and pictures of four more on the other side, along with important information.

“With information about the victims, the reward and what people can do to help us solve the case,” Schultz said.

APD and taxpayers will not have to pay a dime. Greenoffers has said it will foot the bill for the first 5,000 it expects to print in a few weeks.

Most will be given to businesses to hand out; especially those around Central Avenue, where police said the women were known in the world of prostitution.

The president of the company said the rest will be given to detectives to hand out. Detectives, Schultz said, are still very hard at work, turning over every stone to try and solve this case.

“We continue to send detectives out into the streets to talk to prostitutes, people who are out in the streets late in the evening,” Schultz said. “We never want the case to go cold or stale.”

Along with the 5,000 business-type cards Greenoffers will also print a thousand fliers on the case.

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This is an excellent idea. Bravo to the police for keeping this case in the public eye. Also a big Bravo to the company that is printing the cards!

FBI to Search Lake for Ray’s Murder Victim

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Investigators think he could be one of the worst serial killers ever in New Mexico. Problem is, they’ve never found any bodies to prove it. But now the FBI says new tips, and the drought, have prompted a new search of Elephant Butte Lake.

David Parker Ray‘s toy box is infamous; his Butte trailer home was a little slice of hell, filled with sinister devices he used to rape and torture women. But there may be another place ray used to keep his victims.

FBI agents will search Elephant Butte Lake again next week, all on a new tip that Ray’s forgotten victims will be found. The FBI isn’t talking except to say it has new information, and a chance now with the drought to search caves and ravines once covered by water.

Ray was arrested in 1999 after a woman wearing just a dog collar and padlocked chains escaped his house of horrors he called his toy box, full of torture devices he called his friends.

He was convicted of kidnapping and sexually torturing three women, all of whom lived to tell their stories. From the start investigators have suspected he was a serial killer.

In 2002, shortly after Ray was sentenced to life, he dropped dead of a heart attack in prison. After his death police released audio tapes he played for his captives, where he hinted he was a serial killer.

“I’ve tortured girls in ways that I’m not very proud of. When I’m p***ed off, I don’t mind having blood all over the place, and sometimes they didn’t survive,” Ray says on the audiotape.

Investigators also found Ray’s diary in his home with a timeline of his abductions dating back to 1955, when he was just a teenager.

Investigators believe Ray may have killed up to 60 people. Ray’s girlfriend Cindy Hendy helped kidnap and torture the women. She accidentally left a set of keys out, that’s how the woman escaped, bringing Ray’s reign of terror to an end. Cindy Hendy is serving 36 years in prison.

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I do wonder if Hendy is trying to cut some new deals or get privileges. I doubt the police are just now acting on her previous statements. It does sound as if the leads that they were following fell through though.

No bodies were found during a search of a reservoir for possible victims of a man known as the Toy Box Killer, convicted a decade ago of kidnapping and sexually torturing women.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said federal and local law enforcement agents searched a canyon in New Mexico for three hours on Tuesday but found only animal bones.

“We plan to come back in the near future to do a more thorough search of a few points there,” Fisher told The Times. “There are some areas we want to take our time with.”

About 30 people fanned out on the southern end of Elephant Butte Reservoir on Tuesday after authorities received information about possible remains of the missing victims of David Parker Ray.

Authorities have long believed that Ray, who died behind bars in 2002 while serving a life sentence, chose the reservoir as a burial site for some of the 40 people he claimed to have killed.

None of the bodies have been found there, however.

New Mexico police suspect that the remains of 22-year-old Jill Troia, who disappeared in 1995, may be buried near the reservoir in southern New Mexico, about 150 miles south of Albuquerque.

Ray wrote that he sexually tortured his victims in the trailer he dubbed his “toy box” in the New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences, within view of the reservoir, Fisher said. Ray said he then buried his victims, including an Asian woman investigators believe may have been Troia.

Ray was arrested in 1999 after a naked woman fled from his home wearing only a dog collar and chain.

The woman told police Ray had tortured her. Investigators who searched his home found a “Satan’s Den” sign on the wall, skull-shaped candelabra, surgical tools, video cameras, a makeshift coffin and a black box he apparently used to cover victims’ heads when he tortured them, the Daily Mailreported.

In 2001, Ray pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape charges in the case of the woman who had fled his home; he was also convicted of kidnapping and torturing a Colorado woman.

Ray’s girlfriend at the time of his arrest, Cynthia Lea Hendy, told police that Ray disposed of bodies in Elephant Butte Reservoir. Hendy was sentenced 11 years ago to 36 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to accessory and kidnapping charges, and agreed to cooperate with investigators to avoid a life sentence. She remains in prison, Fisher said.

Troia was last seen in October 1995 at a restaurant in Albuquerque with Ray’s daughter, Glenda Jean Ray, whom she had dated. Albuquerque police have long believed Ray and his daughter were connected to Troia’s disappearance, which remains the Albuquerque Police Department’s only known cold case related to Ray. But neither was ever charged in connection with the case.

In 2001, Glenda Jean Ray pleaded no contest to kidnapping charges and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, plus five years of probation in connection with her father’s sex torture case. She was later released, Fisher said.

Fisher said authorities are reopening other missing persons cases from the same time period to see if they might be connected to Ray. A new missing persons DNA database could help identify remains, he said.

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I would think that decomposition in that type of condition (lake in the desert) would be quick and pretty complete. I wonder what would / could be left after all this time?



Investigation Discovery on Hendy

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