Over a month after man was found dead in a car, new photos emerge of his final hours | KOB 4

Over a month after man was found dead in a car, new photos emerge of his final hours

Brittany Costello
June 17, 2018 11:03 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than a month after a 27-year-old was found dead in the back of his car, his family is still searching for answers.


Jonathon Saiz was a son, brother and a father. It was around May 5 that he made the trip from the outskirts of Los Lunas to Albuquerque.

His mom, Yvonne Vallejos, had a gut feeling that something was wrong just a few days later, when an investigator called her up. Her son's body had been discovered in the back of car, found abandoned at an apartment complex near Charleston and Zuni where a makeshift memorial has since popped up.

"It's devastating," Vallejos said. "It's long. It's hard – it's very hard."

More than a month after the suspicious death, Crime Stoppers released new pictures and details about the last time Saiz was seen alive – at the Downs Casino on May 5.

A friend told family members they had seen him earlier in the night.

"Told him I'd seen him the night before at the Downs Casino and I bought him a drink and he looked to be in happy spirits," Vallejos said.

But in the new pictures Saiz doesn't appear to leave as content. Two men – one in black, one in grey – can be seen catching up with him at the door.

"Somebody's seen something. Somebody knows where they went from there," said Jonathan Vallejos, Saiz's stepfather.

Crime Stoppers said one of the guys goes by the name "Mikey." But that's all they know about the two men who may have been the last to see Saiz alive.

If you have any information that can help investigators, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at (505)843-STOP.



Brittany Costello

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