Sanders Thomas Welch
Welch, approximately 2013
Date reported missing : 04/01/2013
Missing location (approx) :
La Mesa, New Mexico
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 48 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3 - 5'4, 135 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Welch was last seen in La Mesa, New Mexico on April 1, 2013. He may have been sighted in Roswell, New Mexico on April 7. He has never been heard from again. In May, his truck was found abandoned on Castillo Road and N.M. 192, near the river levee. There was no sign of him.
Welch was sometimes out of touch with his family, and they didn't report him missing until June 17. Authorities believe his disappearance may not have been voluntary, however. His case remains unsolved.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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