ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Investigators said the vehicle containing four sets of humanremains found in Cochiti Lake belonged to the suspect of a 2001child abduction case.
Albuquerque Police Spokesperson Nadine Hamby told News 13 thatthe Ford Taurus discovered in the water is registered to RichardSanchez. Sanchez is the man accused of abducting his three sonsduring a weekend custody visit in 2001.
News 13 spoke to Christopher, Daniel and Richard Sanchez'smother two years after they disappeared.
"I love you guys and I've never stopped looking for you," SusanaSanchez said in 2003. "I just miss them so much."
Police said then that Sanchez's ex-husband and the boys' father,
Richard Sanchez, picked them up for a custody visit and thendisappeared.
"I believe they were going through some kind of separation,possibly a divorce in 2001," Hamby said.
When the children went missing, Richard was 12, Daniel was 9 andChristopher was 2.
The discovery of Sanchez's car could be a break in the case, butit's still too early in the investigation to identify the remainsfound in the vehicle.
"We can't confirm that it is Mr. Sanchez or the children in thevehicle," Hamby said.
What she did confirm was that the Ford Taurus found in CochitiLake is in fact registered Sanchez.
APD originally investigated the possible abduction in 2001 andwatched the case land with the U.S. Marshals.
Sanchez made the U.S. Marshals top wanted list, and garnered aspot on Fox's America's Most Wanted.
"Law enforcement is very interested in seeing his capture,"Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Daniel told News 13 in 2003.
Marshals considered Sanchez dangerous. He was on house arrest atthe time of the disappearances after he'd been accused of rapinghis ex-wife's relative.
Investigators said he cut off his monitoring bracelet, which wassupposed alert authorities if he ever left town.
Until the Office of the Medical Investigator releases theidentities of the remains found in the submerged vehicle, the onlycertainty is who the car belongs to.
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