Cold case involving UNM grad gets renewed interest

Molly 1974 or 1975



Molly Sparks is described by her family as a young woman who was loved, athletic, and had a lot of friends. It’s been 45 years since her murder. Her family still wants answers and investigators are taking a new look at this case.

“In the 45 years since her death Molly has never been far from our hearts and minds,” her brother John said.

July 23, 1975, Molly asked her dad to borrow his car. Investigators say the recent UNM grad and rugby player met some friends at a Cantina in Algodones. That was the last time her family saw her alive.

“On July 24, 1975, Molly’s body was found in a drainage ditch west of the Cantina. It’s possible Molly’s body was moved to this location after her death,” said Sandoval County Sheriff Jesse James Casaus.

Investigators say Molly had blunt force trauma to her head and neck and may have been strangled. Now the FBI is helping with this cold case, hoping new technology will help them solve it.

“As many of you have seen in the media lately advancement in fields such as genealogy and data analysis have led to successful resolutions and many other cold cases,” said FBI Special Agent James Langenberg.

The FBI is asking people with information in this case to contact their Albuquerque office or Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.