Terrible news

It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it looks like the children Daniel Sanchez, Christopher Sanchez and Richard Anthony Sanchez, as well as their father, have been found deceased. This Associated Press article, from the Unsolved in the News blog, is the only one I can find.

The brothers were abducted by their father, Richard Robert Sanchez, in 2001. This was considered a much more worrisome case than the typical family abduction because Richard Robert had been charged with raping his sons’ maternal aunt in front of her child. Well, on Thursday, police looking for another vehicle found Richard Robert’s SUV in a lake with four bodies inside. No prizes for guessing who they are. It looks like they died shortly after they were abducted. I think I’ll wait on the resolved notice till after confirmation, though.

I wonder if this was a simple motor vehicle accident, or a murder-suicide. We may never know. Those poor boys. Their poor mother. Another tragic example of how, contrary to popular belief, kids are NOT necessarily safe when their non-custodial parent snatches them.

6 thoughts on “Terrible news

  1. Meyahna June 20, 2009 / 12:04 pm

    Yes, I wondered too if it was just an accident or murder-suicide. So tragic, poor mother.

  2. Rach June 20, 2009 / 5:37 pm


    At the bottom of the article are a few other related articles detailing the progression of the discovery.

    One correction, it is a white car the bodies were found in. In a previous article, it is stated the car is registered to the father.

  3. forthelost June 20, 2009 / 7:06 pm

    I’ve had plenty of bad news this week, but this was what sent me over the edge crying.

  4. Meyahna June 20, 2009 / 11:12 pm

    Yes, one kid if already completely upsetting but three cute little boys like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m often telling myself: no you don’t cry, no you don’t cry… reading news like that. Some things are just too upsetting but if I cry I then can cry for one hour over all what’s wrong as if there was a leak in a water bag.

  5. Celeste June 27, 2009 / 12:40 am

    He hightailed it with his three sons. I wonder if anyone thought that Richard Sr was capable of this? Of course he was capable of raping his sister-in-law but to take his life and the lives of three innocent children with him. šŸ˜› That kind of stuff just leaves me cold.

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