1 Year After This Teen Disappeared Near Her Home, A Woman Found A Disturbing Photo In A Parking Lot

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One September morning, a 19-year-old woman disappears while cycling along a New Mexico road. Then, a year later, a mysterious Polaroid is discovered in a parking lot 1,500 miles away. What do these two strange events have in common, and what really happened to Tara Calico that fateful day?

Image: City of Belen

Tara was born on February 28, 1969, and spent her childhood in Belen, a small town in Valencia County, New Mexico. Along with two brothers, Todd and Chris, she grew up riding bikes and playing outdoors. Then, when she was about six, her mother Patty married one John Doel, and two stepsisters joined their growing family.

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Image: The University of New Mexico

As reported by family and friends, Tara was a feisty girl who grew into a friendly, popular teenager. A keen student, she began taking courses at the University of New Mexico’s Valencia Campus while still attending high school. Then, after graduation, she enrolled there as a sophomore; and though she was not yet 20, she already had plans to begin a career in psychology.

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