Case Information

Missing
Tara
Leigh
Calico
September 20, 1988 00:00
12/12/2008
19 to 19 years old
Unknown DOB
White
Female
67.0
120.0

Circumstances

Belen
New Mexico
Valencia
Calico left her house on Brugg Street in Belen, New Mexico to go on a bike ride at 9:30 on the morning of September 20, 1988. She took her mother's bike because her own was damaged. She was last seen riding her mother's neon pink Huffy mountain bicycle with yellow control cables and sidewalls on Highway 47 in Valencia County, at approximately 11:45 a.m. This location is approximately two miles from her home. She has never been seen again. Calico biked the route daily during her routine 36-mile ride. Her bike was never located.

It is alleged that a nine-year-old boy vanished in April 1988 from the same area of New Mexico as Calico. He is the boy in a Polaroid taken with a girl believed to be Calico that are both bound with black tape over their mouths. The boy presumed to be in the picture is Michael Henley, his mother identified him in the photograph. Henley's remains were found in the Zuni Mountains in 1990. The FBI examined the photo and cannot determine whether the girl is Calico or the boy Henley, but experts at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Arizona believes the girl is Calico. The girl's hairline and ear are similar to Calico's, and she has a mark on her calf similar to a scar Calico got from an car accident injury. It is not known whether the Polaroid was staged or whether the boy and girl were being held against their will.

Physical

Brown
Brown. Cowlick on her right temple.
Hazel
Hazel
Hazel green. Lazy eye.


Large scar on the back of her right shoulder. Dime-sized brown-colored birthmark on the back of one of her legs.

Medical

Clothing and Accessories


Transportation Methods

Witnesses saw a dirty white or light gray-colored 1953 Ford pickup truck with a white handmade shell following Calico during her ride. It is not known if the truck is connected to her presumed abduction.

Dental

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DNA

Guidelines for Collection of DNA
Sample submitted - Tests complete

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Investigating Agency

Captain
Donges
(505) 866-2407
County
Valencia County Sheriff's Department
Los Lunas
New Mexico
87031
4 investigating agencies:
Valencia County Sheriff's Department 505-865-9604
Federal Bureau Of Investigation Albuquerque, New Mexico Office
505-224-2000
Belen Police Department 505-864-4403
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety 505-827-9297


505 889-1300
FBI ALBUQUERQUE
ALBUQUERQUE
New Mexico
87107

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Regional Administrator

Jerry
Brown
jerry.brown@unthsc.edu
817-240-9365