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Family, law enforcement concerned about missing Walsenburg man

by Eric Mullens

This is a Facebook photo of Michael Sanchez, 34, of Walsenburg who has been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, December 16, 2017. If you have any information about this missing person contact the Huerfano Sheriff’s Office at 719-738-1600 or the dispatch center at 719-738-1044.

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office has opened a missing persons case regarding a 34-year old Walsenburg man who mysteriously disappeared over 10 days ago.

Michael Sanchez of 530 Alfredo St., reportedly left his home on foot at approximately 2 am, Saturday, December 16. According to close family members, Michael does not have any drug, alcohol, financial, or mental issues that could have caused him to simply walk away from his family, including his three sons. An aunt, Bernadette Sisneros, spoke to the World Journal on Tuesday, December 26, and said she nor other family members believe Michael has any known enemies in the community. “He gets along with everybody,” she said. Michael is believed to have been wearing a grey zip-up hoodie, a red shirt with black trim on the sleeves, blue jeans and black shoes when he disappeared.

Michael is 5’ 10” tall, weighs 210 lbs, and has black hair and blue eyes.

His family members reported him missing on Dec. 16, and since then have put up flyers across the community and have searched various locations, including under bridges around town, to no avail. His aunt said the only time he has gone away overnight has been to his brother’s home located here in Walsenburg.

HCSO Captain Milan Rapo and other deputies have been working the case and Rapo met with family members of the missing man earlier this week. He said the sheriff’s office is following up on any and all information they have received, mainly from family members, but no hard leads have been established. “A lot of people know him,” Rapo said, “he walks around the community and doesn’t get into trouble.”

On December 24, acting on information received, deputies searched seven mobile homes in the community looking for Michael. Rapo said the missing man has no criminal record and has not been recorded as a crime victim, or as a witness to a crime of any kind in the past. Rapo said it is believed when Michael went missing he did not take a phone with him, did not leave in any known vehicle, and may not have had any money with him.

“All tips and possible locations we’ve been told about have been followed up on,” Rapo said. “From what the family has told us, there is no reason for him to have disappeared on his own. We do believe there may be some people in the community that may know about this, but they haven’t provided any information,” he added.

Anyone with information regarding Michael Sanchez is urged to contact the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office at 719-738-1600, or the Huerfano County Emergency Communications Center at either 911, or 719-738-1044, or his aunt Bernadette at 720-416-1700.

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