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Police pursue leads on missing mom

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2013

ALAMOSA — Alamosa police are still investigating the February 2011 disappearance of then-21-year-old Alamosa mom Angelica Sandoval.

“We are following leads as they come in,” Alamosa Police Department Lieutenant Duane Oakes said on Monday.

For example, Oakes and agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, checked out a lead last week that ultimately was unfounded.

Angelica’s family had received a phone call that a gravesite had been found in Costilla County. The Alamosa Police Department, CBI and FBI agents looked into the site, which was in a remote area of Costilla County just north of the state line.

They received the information on Wednesday, secured the site and on Thursday dug at the site but found no human remains. Oakes reported that the team collected the bones at the site, which they believe to be solely from animals.

“Nothing made us believe we found anything related to Angelica,” Oakes said.

Sandoval went missing on February 23, 2011, after returning home from doing laundry. She had taken her daughter, who was 1 at that time, into her residence and then returned to her car for her purse and the rest of the laundry. She never returned. Her purse was found lying on the floorboard of her car and her car door was open.

Angelica’s 24th birthday will be October 19.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is working with the Alamosa Police Department on the case. Anyone with information about this case may call Crimestoppers anonymously at 719-589-4111.

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