Sanchez children’s identity confirmed

Authorities have confirmed the identities of the three children’s bodies found in Richard Robert Sanchez’s car, which I mentioned in this post. Of course it’s his three sons. Richard Robert’s identification is still pending. We will probably never know if this was an accident or a murder/suicide, but due to the circumstances I’m guessing the latter.

Some of the comments on the aforementioned article are just dreadful. Some people are accusing Sanchez’s wife of murdering him and the boys and also framing him for the rape against her sister. Other people saying Richard Robert was a “great guy” who was driven to do all the things he did because of his wife’s infidelity. (One commenter actually said, I quote, “This had to happen.” I’m really hoping this person was being sarcastic.) Because of course, when a woman is unfaithful, a guy has to go out and rape her sister, and then kill himself and his kids, he can’t help himself.

I don’t know the personal situation of the Sanchez family. Perhaps the mother really did go out and sleep with every guy in town. But no matter what she did, she did not deserve this, and there was absolutely no justification for the father to go out and do what he did.

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.