Pernell Lloyd Tewangoitewa

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Above Images: Tewangoitewa, circa 1998


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 29, 1998 from Farmington, New Mexico
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'2, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Tewangoitewa wears eyeglasses with gold wire frames. He is of Navajo and Hopi Indian descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue shirt and blue jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tewangoitewa was last seen driving away from Gator's Bar & Grill in Farmington, New Mexico on May 29, 1998. He was employed as a bouncer at the establishment at the time, and had spent the evening there with his sister and some friends. When Tewangoitewa left the bar, he was driving his sister's 1988 Pontiac Subaru station wagon while she rode with friends. She assumed he was following her back to the home they shared in Bloomfield, New Mexico, ten miles away, but he never arrived there.

    On June 18, three weeks after Tewangoitewa's disappearance, the vehicle he was driving was found in a dry river wash in Choke Cherry Canyon, five miles northwest of Farmington. It had been badly burned and there was no sign of Tewangoitewa at the scene. He has never been heard from again.

    Authorities believe Tewangoitewa was the victim of a homicide, but no arrests have been made in his case. The Subaru was junked at a salvage yard in 2000 without being processed for forensic evidence. Tewangoitewa was a cosmetology student at the time of his disappearance. His disappearance remains unsolved.


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

    San Juan County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    Indian County Today
    The Gallup Independent
    Pernell Lloyd Tewangoitewa - Missing


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 13, 2009; height, weight and clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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