Medical examiners have identified a seventh woman whose remains were uncovered from an area razed for a housing development in Albuquerque, police said Tuesday.
Police Chief Ray Schultz said Doreen Marquez of Albuquerque was 27 when she was last seen in October 2003.
Marquez was one of 11 adults and one fetus whose remains were found on a 92-acre site at the edge of the city that was being leveled in preparation for a residential subdivision. Four of the victims have yet to be identified.
Marquez has been described by family members as an outgoing person, who loved to gather everyone for barbecues. She was a mother of two daughters and had two sisters and a brother, according to a MySpace page dedicated to her memory.
Marquez had been arrested on drug charges and was known by police as a prostitute, although she had not been arrested for that crime, Schultz said.
Past is similar to that of other victims
Her past is similar to that of the other victims who have been identified. The women, who disappeared in 2003 and 2004, had a history of prostitution. Many also struggled with drug addiction. Several were mothers.
"She did match the profile," Schultz said of Marquez.
The state Office of the Medical Investigator used dental records to identify Marquez.
Schultz declined to say how Marquez or the other women died.
Albuquerque police have sifted through 40,000 cubic yards of dirt in the area they say is one of the country's largest crime scenes.
Schultz said searchers found a bone fragment last week, but have uncovered nothing since then. He said he expects the search, which is entering its 12th week, to continue through the end of the week.
Last week, the television show "America's Most Wanted" filmed a segment on the Albuquerque murders at the dig site. The show, which will air nationwide Saturday, already has generated tips that have been forwarded to Albuquerque investigators, Schultz said.