Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Patricio Pacheco - 1987 Unsolved Murder - Santa Fe, New Mexico

By Dark Sleuth

Patricio Pacheco

Two days without hearing from her son was all it took for Patricio Pacheco's mother to worry.  Pacheco visited her daily.   The last time she saw her son was on the night of Thursday, June 11, 1987, when he watered her lawn. 

On Saturday, June 13, 1987, Pacheco's family discovered his body in his apartment on Agua Fría Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Pacheco, also known as "Bito," was 40 years old when he was bludgeoned to death in his own home.  Numerous beer cans found in the apartment indicated to police that Pacheco had company before he died.   

Beer cans in Pacheco's apartment

Testing on the hammer revealed the presence of both Pacheco's DNA and unknown DNA

Photo of the murder weapon, a claw hammer, found 
in Pacheco's apartment.

The Santa Fe Police Department believe the case is solvable, despite the number of years that have passed. 

Patricio Pacheco came from a large family.  He worked at his family's business, Owl's Liquors on Hickox Street, as well as other jobs.   Pacheco was described as "a quiet man."

If you have any information on this case, please contact:

Santa Fe Police Department 
Tel: 505-690-6850

Sources of Information:
The Albuquerque Journal, "DNA could be key to Santa Fe cold cases," by T.S. Last, June 17, 2016:

The Santa Fe New Mexican, "Detectives to revisit 29-year-old cold case," by Andrew Oxford, June 13, 2016: