According to representatives of area law enforcement agencies, work is continuing in the homicide investigation of the death of Joanie Vance of rural Tucumcari which took place Tuesday evening, Jan. 20 at the Sundowner Gallery and Gifts on First Street around 5 p.m.
“Investigating officers are working on it extremely hard,” said New Mexico State Police Lt. Nathan Wallace. “I can say they have a number of agents on it. They are taking it very seriously We are exhausting every avenue.”
Earlier in the investigation the sentiment was echoed by Tucumcari Chief of Police Dennis Townsend who called in the state police to conduct the homicide investigation.
“I cannot say much,” said Townsend regarding the homicide, ”because of the ongoing investigation, but I will say that they (state police investigators) are following up every lead and doing a very thorough job with this. It’s moving very rapidly.”
Monday morning Townsend also called upon area residents to step up and assist the investigation by providing any information they might possess to law-enforcement agencies.
Townsend said that Crimestoppers is now empowered to pay $1,000 “for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for the homicide which occurred on Jan. 20 on south First Street.”
Townsend said any persons who think they might have any information about the homicide should contact either his office at 461-2160 or the New Mexico State Police Office at 461-3300 or Crimestoppers at 461-3507. Townsend said often people are unaware of possessing bits of information that may be of assistance to an investigation.
Wallace agreed with Townsend.
“We want to hear from anyone that knows anything about this,” said Wallace.
Wallace said that more information would be coming to the public about the overall situation but because of the ongoing investigation he was unable to do so.
“But as soon as we can we will,” said Wallace.