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New lead in hunt for missing pair

Zakaria Fry, 28 (Courtesy of APD)

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Days after two roommates disappeared under suspicious circumstances in late January, a man was seen driving one of their cars on a Northeast Albuquerque shopping spree, according to police.

Eugene Carrell Ray, 70, and Zakaria Fry, 28, were both reported missing Jan. 29, after Ray’s family members went to check on him in his Northeast Albuquerque home, where Fry rented a room.

“Family was able to enter Eugene’s house (to) find the house in disarray and other suspicious items leading them to believe Eugene could be the victim of violence,” according to police.

Eugene Carrell Ray, 70 (Courtesy of APD)

A couple of days later, police announced Fry was also missing and could have been a victim of foul play. Neither had been seen or heard from since Jan. 18.

In a news conference Wednesda evening, officer Simon Drobik, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, announced they believe the cases are connected and they are looking for a man seen driving Ray’s silver Mustang. The man was spotted on surveillance video while shopping at several Walmarts in northeast Albuquerque in the days following the roommates’ disappearance.

A person of interest in the disappearance of two roommates last month. (Courtesy of APD)

Police released those videos and still photos of the man in the hopes of identifying him.

“It’s highly suspect that he ended up in a missing person’s car,” Drobik said.

Ray’s car was found beside Interstate 40, near Easterday and Lomas NE, a week after the two were last seen.

Fry was last heard from on Jan. 18 when she texted a friend. Fry, a transgender woman who used to go by the name Zackary Fry, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds.

Ray was last seen Jan. 18 by his daughter, Alarie Ray-Garcia. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds.

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