FBI OFFERS REWARD IN COLD CASE
the photo is by turns chilling and heartbreaking.
and it is a mystery that has vexed cops for three decades.
tara calico went for a bike ride in her home town of belen, new Mexico on a warm September day in 1988.
She was never seen again except for one tantalizing piece of evidence.
a Polaroid photo of the 19-year-old was found in a car park about a year after she disappeared.
In the disturbing photo she has her hands tied behind her back, black tape covers her mouth.
the photo was discovered 2,400 km away in Florida.
Seen in the image with her is a young boy, also bound and gagged, who has never been identified.
tara’s family believes it’s their loved one because of a scar on the bound girl’s leg.
now, the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the missing woman’s whereabouts.
“It’s time for someone to come forward and help us finally bring tara home,” FBI special agent James Langenberg said.
“tara had her entire future ahead of her when she vanished.”
He added: “Law enforcement has never given up the search for this young lady, checking out numerous tips and conducting countless interviews over the course of more than 30 years.”
Her family thinks tara was being stalked on her daily 54 km route by a man in a lightcoloured Ford pickup.
She was last seen on Sept. 20, 1988 around 11:45 a.m.
Tara Calico went for a bike ride in 1988. They believe this is her in the photo with a boy who has never been identified.