Los Lunas

Police are hoping the public can help find a Los Lunas man who hasn’t been seen or heard from in more than seven months.

Los Lunas Detective Lt. Charles Nuanes is hoping someone will come forward and tell him where 38-year-old Sam Lowe might be. Last month, Lowe’s brother contacted the detective, asking if he would go to his house and check on his brother.

“Ralph Lowe called and asked if we could help him,” Nuanes said. “He hadn’t heard from him for over a year.”

After Nuanes found that Lowe hadn’t lived in the house for several months, he became suspicious. The detective checked with the village’s water department, which confirmed Lowe had lived at the address but had shut off service on March 18.

“I tried getting hold of the mortgage company that sold the house, but they wouldn’t release any information,” Nuanes said. “All I wanted to know is if they had a forwarding address for Sam. They didn’t give me any help.”

Although Nuanes doesn’t know a lot about Lowe, he does know he had been living with a woman at the house on Barboa Court whose name possibly may be Stephanie. He also learned that Lowe worked as a mechanic in an unknown shop in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights.

“As far as we know, he was a real quiet person who kept to himself,” Nuanes said. “We don’t know how long he lived there and if he’s still with his girlfriend.”

Nuanes explained that although Lowe wasn’t close to his family, his brother, Ralph, who lives in Texas, became worried after he couldn’t reach his brother when a relative passed away. After several unsuccessful attempts to reach Lowe by phone and letters were unanswered, Ralph Lowe decided to call the Los Lunas Police Department for help.

“I called my older brother, Michael, who lives in Los Lunas and he said he hadn’t seen him since March,” Ralph Lowe said in a telephone interview from Vernon, Texas. “He (Sam) had went over to borrow a trailer for the weekend and he hadn’t heard from him since.”

Sam Lowe is thought to be driving an older model pickup truck. He is described to have long brown hair, blue eyes, stand almost six feet tall and has a tattoo of an eagle on his left arm.

“He also has a set of twin girls who live in Albuquerque and they haven’t heard from him either,” Ralph Lowe said. “My mother, who used to talk to him all the time, is very worried about him.”

Nuanes said he needs the public’s help after exhausting all leads to Lowe’s whereabouts.

“He may be OK, but we just don’t know how to get a hold of him. We don’t know of any forwarding address. I ran a driving inquiry to see if there was a forwarding address, and there’s not,” he said. “I thought there would be a change of address on his driver’s silence, but nothing came up.”

Ralph Lowe and the rest of his family are hoping anyone with information on his brother will help locate him. “I just can’t understand why he would just up and leave,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense. He’s never done this before. … If he wants to call me, I can lead him in the right direction.”

If Sam Lowe still lives in the area or if anyone knows who he is and where he might be, you’re asked to call Lt. Charles Nuanes at the Los Lunas Police Department at 865-9130.

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Clara Garcia is the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
She is a native of the city of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. During her time at the paper, Clara has won numerous awards for her writing, photography and typography and design both from the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association.