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Vehicle found underwater may be missing man’s


A car that detectives believe belongs to a missing man was found underwater near the Mukilteo ferry dock.

Jose Sanchez Diaz, of Lynnwood, disappeared nearly a year ago. Cellphone data shows that he was last at the Mukilteo waterfront.

The red 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse matches the description of Diaz’s vehicle. Confirmation is awaiting recovery of the car.

Commercial divers found the vehicle under about 50 feet of water and about 100 feet from the ferry’s loading dock on Tuesday, said Shari Ireton, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Diaz, 20, was reported missing on Aug. 29, 2015. He was last seen near the Lynnwood Park & Ride around 2 a.m.

His cellphone data showed that he had been driving home, but then turned around and drove to the Mukilteo waterfront.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office searched the water earlier without success. A bicycle was found, but no car.

“The dive team came down to the boat launch in Mukilteo and searched around there for a car, but we weren’t able to find anything,” Ireton said. “We really didn’t have a lot to go on until we got the call from the divers.”

Detectives are still investigating Diaz’s disappearance, and are seeking tips. Anyone with information should call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office via the anonymous tip line at 425-388-3845.

Ireton said detectives plan to recover the vehicle to search for evidence, though an exact date for the recovery has not been set.

“It is sitting right in the path of the ferry, so there is a limited time we would be able to go down and recover it,” she said. “It’s complicated.”

The commercial divers were conducting a routine inspection of the ferry dock in the early morning when they found the car.

“Confirmation of the vehicle’s identification number is pending, but video provided by divers shows a vehicle that matches the one the victim was driving when he disappeared,” Ireton said.

Diaz moved to Lynnwood from Honduras four years ago, where he had been living with foster parents.

He was scheduled to start school at Edmonds Community College when he disappeared.


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