Francisco Javier Sanchez
Sanchez, approximately 1992
Date reported missing : 04/30/1992
Missing location (approx) :
Los Angeles, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/22/1953 (67)
Age at the time of disappearance: 38 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 135 - 155 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: 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.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : 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.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Los Angeles Times
Wikipedia Entry for the Los Angeles Riots
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October 12, 2004. March 12, 2013; middle name and alternate height added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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