Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal
The body of a Santa Fe man reported missing by relatives weeks ago was found Thursday morning in the city.
Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Ben Valdez said the death of 46-year-old Gregorio Sandoval is “now being handled as a suspicious death investigation.”
A cause of death was not given.
He said Sandoval was reported missing on Nov. 4 and had been last seen by family members Halloween night.
Valdez said officers responded around 11:55 a.m. on Thursday to reports of a body in the 1200 block of Maez Road.
He said officers found Sandoval’s body, “which appeared to have been out in the elements for some time.”
“This case remains under active investigation, and as additional information becomes available it will be provided,” Valdez said.
On Facebook, Sandoval’s mother said relatives found Sandoval’s body “hidden under a thick mound of tree branches.”
“I can now lay my son to rest with dignity,” she wrote in a post that included several photos of Sandoval.
Relatives said Sandoval’s car is still missing, describing it as a four-door dark blue 2003 Audi A4 with license plate RCS434.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Santa Fe Police Department at 505-428-3710.