Several local and state law enforcement and investigation agencies provide information on their websites regarding the number of murders in New Mexico by year. In addition to local and state organizations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation releases an annual Uniform Crime Report to the public, which focuses on detailing the types of crimes and crime data statistics for most cities and counties in each state, along with other types of information per state.
According to Project: Cold Case, there were approximately 6,579 homicides in New Mexico between 1980 and 2019. Approximately 4,302 of those murders have since been solved, yet there are currently approximately 2,277 unsolved murders in New Mexico.
Some examples of the many unsolved murders in northern New Mexico which can be easily found within numerous databases/lists include the 2001 murder of Brian Edmonds, the 1999 double murder of Earl and Clarissa Gonzalez, the 2003 murder of Yvonne Martinez, the 1992 murder of Carla Helmer, and the 2004 murder of Brenda Wright, among many others. Additionally, some of the many unsolved central New Mexico murders include the 2004 double murder of Eddie Verdugo and Joyleen Chavez, the 1989 murder of Janis Pulliam, the 1990 murder of Jean Sturges, the 1999 murder of Michelle Nina Sanchez, and the 1995 murder of Reyes Valenzuela, along with the 2006 disappearance of Shawntell Monique Waites.
In addition, a few examples of the numerous unsolved murders in Santa Fe, New Mexico, include the 1998 murder of Mitchell Hanrahan, the 1988 murder of Annette Gonzales, the 1985 murder of Susan LaPorte, the 1986 murder of Roberta Michelle Montoya, and the 1981 murder of Beverly Ann Riccio, among many others. Lastly, some examples of the many unsolved murders in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, which can be found in the same lists/databases include the 1986 murder of Gloria Mares, the 2008 murder of Scott Lloyd, and the 1975 murder of Debbie Cargill, among many others.