Francisco Javier Sanchez

Above: Sanchez, circa 1992


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 30, 1992 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 22, 1953
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 135 - 155 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Sanchez may have a mustache, beard or a goatee. He may go by his middle name, Javier, or use the last name Sanchez Ramos. He is of Guatemalan descent.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sanchez was last seen on the street near his apartment in Los Angeles, California on the afternoon of April 30, 1992. A recent immigrant from Guatemala, he lived with his family on west Adams Boulevard. He has never been heard from again.

    Sanchez disappeared on the second day of the Los Angeles Riots, when thousands of people in the Los Angeles metropolitan area looted the city and committed numerous crimes including arson, assault and murder. 53 people were killed and over two thousand injured before the Marines and the National Guard were able to restore order. The riots lasted six days, but sporadic acts of violence continued for another several days, and the military didn't leave the city until May 27.

    It's unclear whether Sanchez's disappearance was related to the riots. He never picked up his last paycheck. Little information is available in his case.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Los Angeles Times
    Wikipedia Entry for the Los Angeles Riots


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 12, 2013; middle name and alternate height added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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