Mom is still missing


The purpose of this letter is to follow-up from the article which you published in the Valencia County News-Bulletin on Dec. 29, 2022, regarding my niece, Jessica Montoya.

Jessica has been missing since Nov. 25, 2022. Since that time, our family has been proactive in meeting with the Chief of Police James Harris. We have been available to discuss and help determine what assistance would be provided by the department to help find our niece and family member.

Chief Harris did mention that he had other detectives working on the case, but he was the main person in charge. We have met with Chief Harris and his detectives at different times and provided information for the investigation.

There have been developments in the case but, unfortunately, our family has not been given any updated information. Our family would like to acknowledge the efforts of Chief Harris and his department, but would like for the community of Belen to be aware of the lack of communication and sensitivity to the seriousness of this matter.

The frustration and feeling of “not knowing” anything about the progress in the case has made it unbearable to imagine for our family.

I am hopeful that Chief Harris will reconsider his thought process. I pray that he will practice a more humanistic approach to public service for the families and community of Belen.

Eileen Montoya


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