Woman's unsolved murder weighs on family

Woman's unsolved murder weighs on family

There are 86 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Dec 7, 2010, titled Woman's unsolved murder weighs on family. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

The sun shone brilliant Tuesday morning, almost hot, cheery. But it couldn't cut through the sense of mourning and loneliness that seemed to shroud a turnabout on a stretch of New Mexico Highway 78 about 50 miles north of Silver City, where the brutally murdered body of Rachel Torrisi Sierra was found two years ago today.

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PLAIN TRUTH

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Dec 8, 2010
The D.A's Office has been sitting on information to lead to an arrest since April. She is just to lazy to get of her fat behind and actually work. Her office personnel has actually concerned the fact that she is protecting the murder(s). Someone needs to investigate her before someone else gets killed since she is the most powerful person in this county. She says this all the time which comes across as threatening if you ask me.
NikkiO

Bayard, NM

#22 Dec 8, 2010
In my opinion all of New Mexico is incompetent when it comes to crimes. They let them walk off Scott free or time that doesnt even fit the crime! I knew Rachel for a short time when I worked with her waitressing at the Buffalo and she was such a happy and friendly lady. I loved her from the start. After I quit and hadnt seen her for a while, I ran into her at the store and she remembered me and came up and gave me a hug and we talked for a while. I seriously hope GCSD gets off their asses and gets something done, enough is enough! If it was their family it would have been over and done and the person(s) would be rotting in prison already!
Ben

Rio Rancho, NM

#23 Dec 8, 2010
anonymous wrote:
why havent her old room mates been brought in? They are involved somehow. They left town right away.
Are you referring to Bernadette Walsmith and Allan Hurley? I heard the exact same thing! I noticed that they left town in a hurry, especially since Ms. Walsmith was involved in a hotly contested child custody case. Seems odd that she would up and leave Grant County in the middle of that. I also have a feeling that they're involved somehow. One thing's for sure -- they're both missing a couple of screws. Please, GCSO, pass this case over to the NMSP so it can be property investigated!!!! There appears to be so many people out there with information that could shed light on this crime. Rachel was a lovely woman and it breaks my heart that her murder has not been solved.
long time friend of Rache

Las Cruces, NM

#24 Dec 8, 2010
I told everybody nothing would be done! You want to get away with murder...do it in Silver City! How is that? Dont like it? NEITHER DO I! Tell me ONE murder crime...or even a SERIOUS crime they have solved...NONE...too much thinking for them...too much paper work...and I dont think they even know HOW to fingerprint...they NEVER DO IT! Easier to let the next guy try. I call shenanigan! Local police are a JOKE! Dont get me wrong...they are great at giving seat belt tickets and you are sure to get one if you park funny.

Poor Rachel and family, this is a nightmare! I pray for justice! There is A LOT of people who knew some shady characters Rachel was LIVING WITH I believe...but too much thinking to go talk to them prolly.

GCPD are incapable and need to all be kicked out!
long time friend of Rache

Las Cruces, NM

#25 Dec 8, 2010
5 Years wrote:
It will be 5 years on Dec. 30th since rancher John Timothy Edwards was brutally murdered on Bear Mountain. Still no arrests since Michael Snyder and Tammy Dyer. What's the latest on that?
Oh Mike Snyder decided he didnt mean to CONFESS to it...so they let him GO! Yea...that is how you decrease your paper work when you are illiterate!

GCPD....is a JOKE! I call Shenanigans!
long time friend of Rache

Las Cruces, NM

#26 Dec 8, 2010
Brother of Rachel Sierra wrote:
I just wanted to add: I did hire a PI in June 2010 and he has done quite abit. Can't comment on details, but there has been much ground gained.
I agree! You go Johnathan...Even if the murderers walked in Grant County Police Station and said they did it...these fake police personnel would prolly try and talk them out of it! Just so they would have less work.
Jamie

Las Cruces, NM

#27 Dec 8, 2010
Wow. Two years. Sick. I am writing to Albuquerque news stations. Sometimes that gets things rolling and more people involved.
madparent

Albuquerque, NM

#28 Dec 8, 2010
No justice at all here!
Carmen

Alamogordo, NM

#29 Dec 8, 2010
It's always that a "new" investigator is on the case and has to research it all over.. the GCSD can't find it's ass with both hands let alone handle a murder case. Usually there is protection of a family member involved, too many relations around here. I would love to see someone write a book on all the unsolved murders here over the years, it would be quite an interesting read. Rachel was a remarkable woman, and it pains many of us that the case is being bungled. I can only hope that the P.I can gather enough evidence to go the Attorney General and get the ball rolling. To Rachel's brother, stay strong.
Al Reine

Alamogordo, NM

#30 Dec 9, 2010
Okay, I did some investigation on my own about alternatives to the people who SHOULD be investigating. I went to the New Mexico State Police location to see if there's an e-mail address. There isn't. And FYI...the New Mexico State Police get their personnel from Silver City and Grant County police as well as other country bumpkin departments in the state. So I don't hold a lot of hope for them figuring things out.
I wouldn't waste my time contacting NMSP. The Grant County DA is a walking joke. That bloated gasbag couldn't find her huge ass with both hands, and her nicknames are "Catch and release" and "dealcutter". So certainly no hope from here.

The best alternatives I have found are the new Governor, Susanna Martinez, and federal authorities. The feds really need to shake up law enforcement in Grant County at ALL levels, police, DA, and judges. The problem is politics and the "good ol' boy" system. The federal administration is Democrat and the people in power in Grant County are all Democrats. We saw what happened to those Black Panthers intimidating at the polling places...NOTHING. We could contact Steve Pearce and ask him to look into things. The other two mopes, Udall and Bingaman are both Dems and I doubt they will do squat. All you'll get back from them is form letters. So Martinez, Pearce, and the feds are our only hope. Martinez isn't in office yet, but you can contact her here:

http://www.martineztransition.com/contact-us/

The US ODJ (Department of Justice) is here:
http://www.justice.gov/contact-us.html

If enough of us contact them, MAYBE we will get a result. Make sure to include a link to this thread in your letters.

Steve Pearce contact info is here:
http://peopleforpearce.com/contact
Morgan Rose

Silver City, NM

#31 Dec 9, 2010
Unfortunately I have heard too many times from the police officers in this area "If we didn't see it happen, then we really can't do anything about it." This was even told to me after I was assaulted. The officers in this area need to be reminded of their oath to protect and serve, not write speeding tickets all day.
Brother of Rachel Sierra

Silver City, NM

#32 Dec 9, 2010
To all comments, thank you for your continuing support! To Al Reine, thanks for that very helpful info on the websites.
fedup2

Silver City, NM

#33 Dec 9, 2010
This is sad but the law enforcement here aren't the sharpest crayons in the box and then the familia factor too. I thought that the state already investigated when there is a murder. My wife and I knew this wonderful lady, it's really f***ed up that someone would kill her. To whoever did this, One day you will be caught!!!!!
pete and repeat

Santa Fe, NM

#34 Dec 9, 2010
ok-I'm no detective or anything but a quick check of the NM Judiciary website shows both Allan and Bernadette in court in Las Cruces during 2009-2010.
It shouldn't be too hard for ANYBODY that was lookign to find these people.
Circe

United States

#35 Dec 9, 2010
Brother of Rachel Sierra wrote:
To all comments, thank you for your continuing support! To Al Reine, thanks for that very helpful info on the websites.
I read an article about a woman who was missing for several years and the Federal Marshals were called in. There was very little evidence at the place where they finally found her remains but they still found the killer. Their technology and ability to investigate which I presume includes un-biased questioning of suspects and other witnesses or people with information helped find the murderer. The Feds have the know how to help you. I hope they do help you and your family. You have a lot of people on your side who are praying you find justice as well as the killer[s].
Maria Sanchez

United States

#36 Dec 9, 2010
New Mexico Highway 78 has a long history of both violent events and hauntings.
In addition to the two people cited earlier in this thread, there have been at least a half-dozen other deaths along this road, which has several isolated and very lonely stretches.
Historical research indicates several wagons of settlers also perished along this route. Some were victims of robbers, some were slain by the area Apaches. The unrest at the nearby Santa Rita mining operations also resulted in violence and rumored beheadings and dismemberments along the the route.
Local law enforcement agencies always have had difficulty capturing individuals accountable for these deeds.
Furthermore, the entire area has been rumored to be haunted by the restless souls of some of these victims, particularly those who met violent deaths.
There are several locations where there is an errie coldness, even on a hot summer day. Motorists have reported seeing "rough" or old-looking people in the roadway, lunging from the shoulders...but when they brake and look back...nothing is there.
There have been accounts of unexplained lights and sounds at night from the woods, in addition to a shoud-like fog in several places...in spite of the absent moisture at any other location along the road.
Honestly, New Mexico Highway 78 is best avoided after dark and even locals use caution when traveling it during broad daylight.
Local

Silver City, NM

#37 Dec 10, 2010
Maria Sanchez wrote:
New Mexico Highway 78 has a long history of both violent events and hauntings.
In addition to the two people cited earlier in this thread, there have been at least a half-dozen other deaths along this road, which has several isolated and very lonely stretches.
Historical research indicates several wagons of settlers also perished along this route. Some were victims of robbers, some were slain by the area Apaches. The unrest at the nearby Santa Rita mining operations also resulted in violence and rumored beheadings and dismemberments along the the route.
Local law enforcement agencies always have had difficulty capturing individuals accountable for these deeds.
Furthermore, the entire area has been rumored to be haunted by the restless souls of some of these victims, particularly those who met violent deaths.
There are several locations where there is an errie coldness, even on a hot summer day. Motorists have reported seeing "rough" or old-looking people in the roadway, lunging from the shoulders...but when they brake and look back...nothing is there.
There have been accounts of unexplained lights and sounds at night from the woods, in addition to a shoud-like fog in several places...in spite of the absent moisture at any other location along the road.
Honestly, New Mexico Highway 78 is best avoided after dark and even locals use caution when traveling it during broad daylight.
You're weird!
wait a minute

Silver City, NM

#38 Dec 10, 2010
I'm sure if you were to ask VERIZON,ALLTELL or any other cell phone company in that county to give you a data sheet of all the SO-CALLED COPS in that town. You would find more WORK done on their cell phone, then you would in the offices of the GCSD and SCPD!!! This is a sad story all around. I can't believe the lack of intelligence in that COUNTY!!! I'm sure they get paid well,maybe even promoted sometimes!! If somebody knows something in that county, chances are they are related to someone that knows someone!! That's how it always has been in that HELL HOLE!! Good luck SIERRA family, your gonna need it!!
Brother of Rachel Sierra

Silver City, NM

#39 Dec 10, 2010
The GCSO just informed me this afternoon, that they will continue to investigate Rachel Torrisi Sierra's homicide, but that they will no longer let the family know any details about the case, until they get ready to solve the case, or have solved it. What a crock!
Coach

Deming, NM

#40 Dec 10, 2010
long time friend of Rache wrote:
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I agree! You go Johnathan...Even if the murderers walked in Grant County Police Station and said they did it...these fake police personnel would prolly try and talk them out of it! Just so they would have less work.
Just so it's clear. The policemen have almost nothing to do with the decision to let someone go once they've been arrested. That decision is almost always made by the D.A. and oftentimes goes against the wishes of the officers who did the leg work to investigate and apprehend the individual. It's probably unfair to blame this kind of thing on the officers.

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