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Family pleads for help in unsolved murder

The murder of a Southern New Mexico man four years ago remains unsolved.

Larry Link’s family turned to Abc-7, hoping their story will generate a new lead in the investigation.

The 69-year-old was shot and killed in a ghost town he owned, Steins, New Mexico, just off the state line near Arizona.

The old railroad ghost town dates back to the 1800’s. Abandoned in the 1940’s, Larry Link saw some potential. In the 1980’s, Link bought the town so he and his family could give “ghost town” tours.

“This was something that he just adored, the history that came with it, the old west,” his daughter, Pamela Link said.

On June 7th 2011, the family dream turned into a nightmare.

“Dad was sitting in the La-Z-Boy chair. They blew each other a kiss and waved and mom went back to sleep,” Link said.

Something woke him up that night. He went to go check it out and never came back.

“This is where he was found. The truck was running and the headlights were on.”

Not far from the truck, Link was found dead. He was shot five times. A storage shed on the property was also broken into. Police said it was a break in gone wrong that potentially involved drug cartels.

“My personal belief is that somebody locally did this to my dad, somebody my father knew,” Link said.

Pamela isn’t sure so she’s hoping by sharing her father’s story, someone, anyone with information will come forward and help the family find closure.

“Anything, anything, no matter how minute because that minute could be really big with what they have, so we’re just asking, please…and please don’t forget him.”

Abc-7 reached out to New Mexico State Police for comment on the status of the investigation but did not hear back. If you do have any information on link’s death, please call State Police.

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