What Happened To Tara Calico: How One Picture Can Change Everything

What Happened To Tara Calico: How One Picture Can Change Everything

It's one of New Mexico's most famous unsolved mysteries. But, almost thirty years later, no one still has an answer.

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On September 20, 1988, Tara Calico disappeared near her home in a small New Mexico town. Calico left her home early in the morning that day and went on her daily bike ride on a road close to her house. The route was very familiar to both Calico and her mother, who sometimes accompanied her on the ride.

For that reason, Tara's mother became extremely worried when Calico never returned home. After desperately searching the route and not finding a trace of her daughter or her bike, Calico's mother quickly contacted the police. With the help of a search team, only Calico's Walkman and cassette tape were found on the side of the road. Tara, herself, was nowhere to be found.

Witnesses soon came forward, claiming that they saw Calico riding her bike that day but no one saw her actually being abducted. Some people did, however, say that a pickup truck did seem to be closely following Calico throughout her entire bike ride.

A high school photo of Tara Calico Albuquerque Journal

Presumed to be kidnapped, news quickly spread about Calico across the country. However, it wasn't until less than a year later, in June of 1989, that a Polaroid photo was found in a Florida convenience store parking lot when her case really started to pick up traction.

The photo includes both a young woman and a little boy, with duct tape on their mouths and their hands seemingly tied behind their backs. Once the photo was aired on a news show, Calico's mother began receiving multiple phone calls from friends and family who strongly believed that the woman in the photo was Tara.


The Polaroid photo found in a Florida parking lot. Wikipedia

As for the boy in the picture, relatives of Michael Henley also came forward, believing that it was Michael in the photo, as well. Henley had gone on a camping trip in the Zuni Mountains in New Mexico with his father in April of 1988. He mysteriously vanished only twenty minutes after they had arrived at the site. Although his father simply believed that Michael wandered off and died of exposure, his mother was one hundred percent sure that it was her son in the Polaroid.

In 1990 though, Michael's remains were sadly found a few miles away from his campsite in the mountains. Foul play was ruled out for his case, and his cause of death was hypothermia. That leads us to now, where the boy in the photo is still unidentified, and no further progress has been made on Calico's disappearance.

It has been twenty nine years since Tara went missing. By this point, it is, unfortunately, highly unlikely that she will never be found alive. We can only hope that wherever she is, she's in a better place than when she was abducted.

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.

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Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill

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South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos

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I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja

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I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs

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They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

Are these two facts connected? Maybe.

What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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