Alamogordo Reopens 23 Year Old Murder Case

Alamogordo – Alamogordo police detectives have reopened a 23-year-old murder case.

Otero County sheriff's deputies recovered the skeletal remains of 27-year-old Margaret Caroline Pointer in March 2004 in the forest near Cloudcroft, more than 16 years after her disappearance.

Alamogordo police detective Roger Schoolcraft says authorities hope to find some answers with modern forensic technology.

He says the case has been worked by several detectives over the years, and Alamogordo police now are submitting additional evidence to the state crime laboratory.

He says the department has never forgotten the case.

Pointer was last seen in the parking lot of an Alamogordo motel about 6 a.m. on Nov. 20, 1987.

Her car was later found in a parking lot adjacent to the hotel.

Her husband was overseas when she disappeared.


Information from: Alamogordo Daily News,

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