Murder victim's daughter seeks justice in unsolved Farmington murder

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A daughter of Patsy Taylor, whose July 1991 murder remains unsolved, is visiting Farmington this week to meet with the Farmington Police Department's new cold case detective and request the community's assistance in bringing her mother's killer to justice.

On the morning of July 10, 1991, Taylor left her room at the Executive Inn Hotel, now the Redrock Lodge, 2530 Bloomfield Highway, to jog in the nearby Caminos neighborhood, located just south of the Bloomfield Highway and Malta Avenue.

Taylor, 52, was a retired oil and gas company vice president and mother of three who relocated to Farmington from Perrington, Texas, in 1990 with her second husband, Lynn Taylor.

At 5:20 a.m., a neighbor reported hearing a woman scream twice, followed by the screech of car tires.

Shortly thereafter, Taylor was found dead by police in the roadway near the intersection of Camino Sol and Camina Rio.

Police initially thought it was a hit-and-run incident but later determined that Taylor died after being struck in the head and back eight times by a metal object, possibly the butt end of a handgun.

DNA evidence was found on Taylor's shorts, which were unbuttoned, and her shirt and bra were disturbed. Several initial suspects were excluded based on the DNA evidence found at the scene, according to The Daily Times archive.

Taylor's daughter, Gina Saied, visited the scene Tuesday where her mother died and had the opportunity to speak to residents who have lived in the neighborhood since 1991.

"They said it was difficult to regain a sense of normalcy," she said. "They said it's still hard to walk in the neighborhood." Saied, 53, can relate. She lives now in Amarillo, Texas, and the sudden, violent death of her mother has destroyed her sense of trust.

"There is fear," she said. "We all think — it's human nature to think — that this is not going to happen to us. But it can happen to us. It happens in a Target parking lot. If you let your guard down, it can happen."

She was further disturbed by the fact that whoever murdered her mother was still free.

"It is an awful thing to think that this guy went on and had a life," she said. "He saw his kids go to school. Maybe his grandkids have gone to school."

Saied said she was excited to learn that a Farmington police detective, Daven Badoni, has been assigned to investigate her mother's death full time. She hoped that the time that has passed since Taylor's death would encourage those with information to report it to police.

"I am asking anyone who remembers anything, no matter how small it seems, to come forward," she said. "It could be the very thing they need to solve this case."

Farmington Police Officer Heather Chavez, a former detective, investigated Taylor's death for several years beginning in January 2008.

She said, however, that because of her active case load, she could not devote herself fully to investigating Taylor's death.

According to The Daily Times archive, Chavez did compare the DNA found on Taylor's clothing to DNA from a man identified as "a person of interest" in 2012.

However, Chavez said Wednesday that the lead "exhausted" itself.

"Now, it's in detective Badoni's hands, and I am excited to hear his perspective on where it should go," she said.

Taylor is survived by two other daughters, Sherry Hensley, 53, from Midland, Texas; and Kristy Blades, 56, from Uvalde, Texas.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.