Tara Calico: Documentary to be made about missing New Mexico teen

Tara Calico

Scroll down page to read Tara’s story and to see the photo.

A feature documentary called Vanished:  The Tara Calico story is almost complete. UPDATE about the documentary as of July 8, 2016 – “Hi everyone. There seems to be confusion on if the documentary is out yet or if has been abandoned. It is not and it has not. I have been working on this for six years. Have had numerous road blocks, but am happy to say the home stretch is near. I’m in post production and hope to be finished in the near future. Making a Murderer took 10 years to make. Other docs like this have also taken many years. I’ve had to go back to work at different points during the making of this doc to continue funding.Please be patient we are almost there. Thank you for the support!”  (Click here to check on updates on the film.)

UPDATE:  Dec. 11, 2014 –
Remains found in Valencia County, N.M. were found to NOT belong to Tara.  Investigators are now wondering; who do they belong to?

Tara Calico was 19 when she vanished in 1988.  She was last see on a bike in Rio Communities golf course near her home in Belen, New Mexico.   Witnesses saw a light-colored truck following her on her bicycle on N.M. 47, aka as Highway 6.  Tara was listening to a cassette player. The bike was never found but bike tracts the cassette and pieces of the cassette player were found.

RJ Mitte, the actor that plays Walter White Jr. on Breaking Bad will be an executive producer of the project.  He says he learned about Tara after seeing stories on the news then became friends with Tara’s sister, Michele.  Mitte is supporting the documentary that is being made by one of Tara’s former classmates.

Mitte and Esquibel will be working on the documentary this spring.

“What we are hoping is that by telling what we know and what we’ve heard is that it will inspire someone to come forward with the location of her body,” Esquibel  told KRQUE in Albuquerque, N.M.

Is this Tara? 

This photo on the right was found outside a Junior Food Store in Port St. Joe, Florida by a woman. The two are bound and gagged in what appears to be the back of a van.

The woman saw a white Toyota van leave the parking lot just before she spotted the photo.

No one knows who these two people are or whether the photo is a hoax or not.

Regarding the post below about Tara and her possible being buried on the Metzler ranch, here is what was found out by one of MPofA’s Facebook fans.

“There is the main one in Belen, New Mexico under the link: http://www.theranches.org/ Then you go under the link: http://www.residentialeducation.org/members/new-mexico-boys-and-girls-ranches-albuquerque-nm/ and it says that there are 5 divisions. And if you look under this link there is a death of a woman and it states that you need to send your flowers and donations to:
New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranch, PO Box 9, Belen, NM 87002-9901.
Services are entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
1100 Coal Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
That is listed under the link: http://www.danielsfuneral.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=888388 so I am guessing part of her family including her is part owners of the Boys and Girls Ranch. Some of her children and grandchildren (if you look at the death notice) have the last name of Echols. But I do not see anything here about Metzler”


AND, I also found out that a Echols in New Mexico has a mug shot and was arrested and then turned over to the USMC.  I am assuming he was AWOL, as he was arrested at the age of 53 in 2000 and turned over to the USMC.

Tara Calico’s website.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.


  1. I herd romors tha

    t randy echos knows what happened and her body may be on some mestler ranch? Were is that ranch? I think there arw ruthless fools in Valencia

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