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For Immediate Release

November 13, 2010 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2344
Homicide Suspect Arrested After 30 Years

Albuquerque, NM – On November 12, 2010, the cooperation between of multiple law enforcement agencies working together brought alleged killer Patrick Ryon to justice after 30 years. The United States Marshals Service along with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico Department of Corrections and Albuquerque Police Department arrested Patrick Ryon, 50, on a warrant for first degree murder and sexual assault. Ryon is suspected of killing Alison Marie Mims, 19, back in December 1980. Ryon was arrested in northeast Albuquerque after attempting to flee on foot from law enforcement officers.

Victim Alison Nimms, was last seen leaving a wedding reception on December 23, 1980 and reported missing on December 25, 1980. Nimms went missing for 7 years until a part of her remains were discovered in an Arizona desert on May 28, 1987. Nimms body remained unidentified for almost 30 years. In February 2010, through a DNA match, Nimms remains were positively identified and the search for her as a missing person was closed, triggering a search for her killer. A homicide investigation was opened by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (AZ). Maricopa County Sheriffs developed several leads into the cold case each time leading back to Patrick Ryon. Sheriffs learned through investigation and tips that Ryon was in the Albuquerque metro area and turned to the U. S. Marshal’s South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force for assistance. Within 3 days U.S. Marshals Task Force members were chasing Ryon through a residence in northeast Albuquerque where he was attempting to escape the arrest. United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico, Conrad Candelaria, stated “hopefully the family and loved ones of Ms. Nimms will find closure for her tragic death in the arrest of alleged killer Patrick Ryon. Ryon attempted to elude law enforcement officers but this time was not able to escape the grasp of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.”


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