Unknown Steve Sandlin Killer- New Mexico- 1988 Mar 23, 2017 3:35:50 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Mar 23, 2017 3:35:50 GMT -5
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Real Name: Stephen A. Sandlin
Nicknames: Steve Sandlin
Location: Mountainair, New Mexico
Date: May 7, 1988
Details: Twenty-one-year old Steve Sandlin was a rookie New Mexico police officer who was found shot in the police station while working alone just eight weeks after joining the force. Several bloodstains were found around his body, and he was pronounced dead soon afterwards. His gun was found by his side, and the bullet that killed Steve came from the gun. Many concluded that Steve either committed suicide or died in a tragic accident, while his family is certain that he was murdered and that his death may have been covered up by the police department.
On the afternoon of Steve's death, he returned to the empty police station after arguing with Chief Carson over some tickets that he had written. The last person to talk to Steve before his death was his girlfriend, who claims that their conversation was interrupted by an unidentified female with Steve. Less than an hour later, Steve was found dead and Chief Carson assumed that Steve committed suicide or was the victim of an accident. Steve's autopsy results were deemed inconclusive, and several believed that Steve was shot from at least two feet away from his body. Also, the powder residue on Steve's hands were rather insignificant for the hands of someone who would shot themselves with a gun. However, the attorney general refused to rule out suicide, and Steve's family began their own investigation.
His family soon uncovered that a few weeks before his death, Steve had arrested a drunk driver and found that the man was in the possession of marijuana, and was soon arrested. Steve began receiving several death threats as a result of the arrest, and at around that same time, the Mountainair Police Department was being investigated for mishandling evidence, which greatly upset Steve. Steve was later questioned by a man named James Scarantino who worked for New Mexico's Attorney General's office, who is certain that Steve would not have committed suicide, and was most likely murdered. Shortly after his death, Steve's house was searched by police officers, but when Steve's mother went looking though his kitchen, she found several bags of marijuana.
Also, Steve's mother found out that the tapes that Steve had made of every traffic stop were all missing. Several questions remained in Steve's death, including if Steve was murdered, who was responsible, who planted the marijuana in Steve's house, and were the Mountainair Police Department involved in Steve's death. Those questions remain unanswered and Steve's death remains unsolved.
Suspects: The Mountainair police officers were obvious suspects in Steve's death, along with the man that Steve arrested who had marijuana with him.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the February 14, 1990 episode of Unsolved Mysteries .
Results: Unresolved. Authorities later learned that five months before Steve was killed, law enforcement received a tip that a police officer was going to be killed by drug dealers. Steve's case was later classified as a homicide, but no one has ever been arrested and the case remains unsolved.
Official Unsolved Mysteries website page on the case: unsolved.com/archives/steve-sandlin
Thoughts? This case has never aired on America's Most Wanted to the best of my knowledge but it is being placed in the Unsolved on TV section since, as noted above, it has aired on Unsolved Mysteries.
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