Samuel Lee Hernandez
Hernandez, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 07/19/1997
Missing location (approx) :
El Paso, Texas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 02/12/1951 (70)
Age at the time of disappearance: 46 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 210 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A pullover shirt, Levi's jeans and sneakers.
Medical conditions : Hernandez is diabetic. He has seizures, and also problems with his back due to an injury. He is classified as disabled.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Hernandez has a red-colored scar near his left eye. His lip is twisted due to a prior stroke. His nicknames are Sam and Joe.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hernandez was last in El Paso, Texas on July 19, 1997. He contacted family members from a pay phone and told them he would travel home to Denver, Colorado, but never made it there.
Foul play is possible in Hernandez's disappearance, but his wife believes he could be alive and in hiding. She stated he kept in contact with his sister and used her address to receive his Social Security disability check, but supposedly they lost touch in approximately 2010. One of Hernandez's sons died in 2010 and his wife believes he may not know. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
El Paso Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Texas Department of Public Safety
The Doe Network
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The El Paso Times
October 12, 2004. September 13, 2013; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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