Farmington police seek tipster in 1991 murder of Patsy Taylor

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department is asking an anonymous tipster who recently reported information about the 1991 murder of Patsy Taylor to contact detectives to respond to additional questioning.

Lt. Daryl Noon said the individual reported the information to San Juan County Crime Stoppers a week after Patsy Taylor's daughter, Gina Saied, visited Farmington to discuss the case with the department's new cold case detective.

Saied visited with detective Daven Badoni in the second week of March in order to bring awareness to her mother's death.

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.

She was found dead by police on the morning of July 10, 1991, near the intersection of Camino Sol and Camino Rio in Farmington. She had left the Executive Inn Hotel, now the Rimrock Lodge, 2530 Bloomfield Highway, that morning to go jogging in the Caminos neighborhood.

Police initially believed Taylor died as a result of 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.

Noon said Thursday that the tip police received in the case was credible and is being investigated.

"This is the best progress we have made on the case in years," Noon said.

He declined to provide further information about the case, citing the sensitivity of the information.

Noon said Badoni, who was named the department's first full-time cold case detective in March, has done an excellent job thus far in investigating the department's 12 cold cases.

"We look forward to getting some closure on these cases quickly," Noon said.

The department is asking the tipster in the Patsy Taylor case to contact Badoni at 505-599-1019. Anyone else with information regarding Taylor's death, or any other unsolved homicides, is encouraged to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.

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.