Family searches the Rio Grande for missing Marine | KOB 4

Family searches the Rio Grande for missing Marine

Ryan Laughlin
August 27, 2019 06:57 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Matthew Gurule was last seen leaving Isleta Casino on July 27. Two arrests later – his family has turned to the river for answers. 


His family said his cell phone last pinged somewhere along the Rio Grande, north of Belen. It was the morning after he disappeared. 

"It's tough," said Gurule's mother, Sandra Miller. "It's real tough on me." 

She flew from Texas to try to find her son. Gurule was living with his cousin near Belen. He had told his cousin he was going out to get dog food. He stopped by Isleta Casino and hasn't been seen since. 

Miller had thought answers could be coming after two persons of interest were arrested Friday. Jeannine Willard and Francisco Gomez were using Gurule's credit card after he disappeared and his burned truck was found on the mesa

Miller said the duo had more than just Gurule's wallet. 

"I'm sure, I mean, I'm 99.9 percent sure they were his tools," Miller said. "I could visually see them in the back, but they wouldn't let me touch them." 

Belen police conducted a search warrant on the truck Willard and Gomez were in when they were arrested. Police are still looking into the ownership of the set of tools. 

Court documents show that Gomez said he picked up the wallet on the side of the Manzano Expressway.

Belen police said the fraud charges are unrelated to Gurule's disappearance. 

A group of volunteers gathered Monday to search the Rio Grande. 

"I just want to know where he's at, so we can get closure for our family," Miller said. 

Belen police said this is still a missing persons case. Their goal is to find Gurule alive. Anyone with any information should contact the Belen Police Department at (505) 966-2680 and ask to speak to Sergeant Adam Keck. 


Ryan Laughlin

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