Victim was found with defensive wounds to hands, wrists

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FARMINGTON — Farmington police are hoping that reopening a 1992 cold case in which a woman was found stabbed to death in her home will generate new leads.

The Farmington Police Department is requesting the community's assistance in looking into the death of 28-year-old Carla Helmer, according to a Farmington police press release.

Helmer was found dead inside her residence in the 900 block of North Auburn Avenue with multiple stab wounds on Oct. 28, 1992, according to The Daily Times archives.

Farmington officers were asked to check on Helmer by her work supervisor after she failed to show up to work for three days.

She worked at a convenience store on Broadway Avenue, according to The Daily Times archives.

A door at her residence was found unlocked, and when officers entered, they found Helmer deceased.

Farmington police are revisiting the case in hopes that someone will come forward with information, according to Farmington police spokesperson Georgette Allen.

"Hopefully, we can get some sort of closure for the family," Allen said.

Detectives believe evidence at the scene suggests Helmer knew the suspect. Helmer was found only wearing a shirt and her undergarments, the press release states.

She was found with a total of 16 stab wounds, and severe defensive wounds on her hands and wrists, according to the Daily Times archives. The defensive wounds suggest Helmer tried to fight off the suspect, according to the press release.

Detectives interviewed several persons of interest early in the investigation.

The case went "cold" in the middle 1990s and has been reopened by different detectives since then.

Farmington police hope enough time has passed that someone who possibly spoke to the suspect or anyone with information about the case can feel safe coming forward to talk to detectives, Allen said.

Evidence in the case is being reviewed to determine if it can be re-examined due to advances in forensic science.

Those with any information in the case are asked to contact Det. Heather Chavez at 505-566-2370 or call nonemergency dispatch at 505-334-6622.

Anonymous tips maybe submitted to the Farmington police detective tip line at 505-599-1068.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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