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2025DMNM - Michael James Gaughan


Name: Michael James Gaughan
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: July 20, 1975
Location Last Seen: El Paso, El Paso County, Texas

Physical Description

Date of Birth: October 10, 1957
Age: 17 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 135 - 145 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Nickname/Alias: Mike
Distinguishing Marks/Features: chipped upper front tooth, "zig zag" shaped scar on left forearm.


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Seventeen year old Mic Michael Gaughan was last heard from when he made a lo ng distance phone call from El Paso, TX to his parents in New Mexico at 7:15AM on July 20, 1975. He informed them he had car trouble and would be home later. This call was made from a pay telephone booth.

Two days later, July 22, at approximately 3:45PM, the vehicle Gaughan had been driving was found abandoned in the desert, west o f Las Cruces, New Mexico. here was no sign of Gaughan at the scene. He has not been seen or heard from since the morning he called home. Foul play is suspected.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department
Agency Contact Person: Sergeant John Lovelace
Agency Phone Number: (575) 525-1911
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 201006925

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 4615
NCMEC Case Number: 1157567

Information Source(s)

Family Member

Admin Notes

Added: 6/29/06; Last Updated: 11/28/17

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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