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Missing person case still a mystery; CBI working with sheriff’s office

by Eric Mullens

WALSENBURG — Huerfano sheriff’s investigators are working with special agents from the state bureau of investigations on the case of Michael Sanchez, 34, who reportedly went missing from his Walsenburg home in December.

Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman said agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were in the area last week and will be here again this week to conduct interviews and continue to seek out clues in the disappearance of Sanchez.

According to information investigators have been told, Sanchez allegedly left his home at 530 Alfredo St. on Walsenburg’s west side at approximately 2 am on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Authorities told the World Journal this week, the first call reporting him missing was made by his wife, Melissa Sandoval, on Monday, December 18. Although the sheriff’s office and state investigators have been following up on information provided by the missing man’s family and the public, no hard evidence as to whereabouts of Sanchez has been discovered.

Some evidence gathered so far has been processed by the state crime lab, but Sheriff Newman said this week, no results have come back yet. The case remains an active and open investigation and authorities continue to urge anyone with any information that might be relevant to the case to contact the Huerfano Sheriff’s Office at 719-738-1600 or the county emergency dispatch center at 719-738-1044 or via 911.

Michael Sanchez was believed to be wearing a red shirt with black trim on the sleeves, blue jeans, black zip-up shoes and a grey hoodie when he disappeared. Investigators say, at this time, there is no evidence the missing man was carrying a wallet, phone or keys when he allegedly left his house in the early morning hours and disappeared into the December night. Sanchez is 5’10” tall, weighs 210 pounds, has black hair and blue eyes. Photos provided to investigators show Sanchez with and without a beard and mustache.


Michael Sanchez, 34, of Walsenburg has been missing since Dec. 16, 2017.

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