Details of Disappearance Sanchez lived in El Paso, Texas at the time of his disappearance. He drove to Hobbs, New Mexico for a temporary roofing job with an El Pasto based construction company, and disappeared only two days into the contract. After arriving in Hobbs, he took photos of the town and sent the photos to his family members. He called his wife from a hotel and said he missed her and their children. He wished he could come home, but his family needed the money he'd earn from the job.
He was last seen leaving his workplace in Hobbs on June 20, 2018. A June 21 text message a relative sent him was marked "seen" at about midnight, but Sanchez didn't reply to it. He has never been heard from again. At 7:30 a.m. on June 22, a truck driver saw someone on the shoulder of Highway 190 between Iraan and Ozona, Texas, trying to signal for help.
The trucker called the sheriff's office, but no police arrived at the scene for two hours, and by then the man was gone. They did find Sanchez's car, a dark gray Ford Fiesta with the Texas license plate number KNH9303. It was unlocked and all his belongings were inside it, including his wallet, cellular phone and identification. It had run out of gas. A search of the area turned up no sign of Sanchez's whereabouts. A photo of his car is posted with this case summary.
Prior to his work trip to Hobbs, Sanchez had not left the El Paso area since he was a child. His family stated he wasn't involved with gangs, didn't drink alcohol and was very close to his family and three young children, who were between the ages of three months and four years old. He never picked up his pay for the two days he did work in Hobbs, and his family doesn't believe he would have simply disappeared voluntarily.
He has been known to work various jobs for cash, and his family believes he may be homeless and trying to earn enough money to get back home. His case remains unsolved.
- New Mexico State Police
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 1, 2019; casefile added.