Persons of interest arrested in connection to disappearance of Marine | KOB 4

Persons of interest arrested in connection to disappearance of Marine

Christina Rodriguez, Megan Abundis
August 09, 2019 10:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police have arrested two persons of interest in connection to the disappearance of 32-year-old Matthew Gurule, who has been missing for two weeks.


Police were searching for a man, a woman, and their truck. The couple – now identified as Francisco Gomez and Jeannine Willard – had been using Gurule's bank card recently, right in the middle of Belen. 

"When people commit crimes, they linger in the area," said Interim Belen Police Chief Jose Natividad. "Why? I have no idea. Maybe they feel confident in that they can get away with it."

Within 72 hours of Gurule's disappearance, Gurule's card was used at a Dollar General and then at Little Caesars. 

"Spray paint and other items at Dollar General, at Little Caesars they were buying pizza," Natividad said. 

Days later, the pair apparently stayed in Belen in that same truck. Of course, Gurule's family was also searching for it. They spotted it at a local car wash Friday afternoon and called police.

"He fit the build, the truck fits the build, Matthew's tools are in the back of the truck," said Sandra Miller, Gurule's mother. "It has to be him and I want to know where my son is." 

The missing Marine's last known location was at Isleta Casino on July 26 – when Gurule last contacted his mother. Family members say she was told he was being asked to leave the casino. 

The next day, his car was discovered on fire in Valencia County, east of Belen. Deputies said no one was inside. They discovered it belonged to Gurule after checking the vehicle VIN number.

The family has organized a search party that starts at 9 a.m. at Jose Gallegos Park this Saturday and Sunday. 

Anyone with any information should contact the Belen Police Department at (505) 966-2680 and ask to speak to Sergeant Adam Keck. 


Christina Rodriguez, Megan Abundis

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