Name: Pernell Lloyd Tewangiotewa
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: May 29, 1998
Location Last Seen: Farmington, San Juan County, New Mexico
Date of Birth: circa 1977
Age: 21 years old
Race: Native American
Weight: 175 -200 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Not Available
Clothing: Light blue and white shirt, Blue jeans
Additional Personal Items: Tennis shoes, Wears gold toned, wire framed eyeglasses
Pernell Pernell was last seen May 29, 1998 with his sister and friends at Gators Bar and Grill in Farmington, New Mexico. According to witnesses he was seen leaving Gatorís parking lot at 01:30 and heading east on Main Street alone. He never made it home that night.
It is believed that Pernell detoured and went to a party that took place in Flora Vista, New Mexico. On June 18, the Silver Subaru hatchback that he was driving was discovered completely burned in Choke Cherry Canyon, about five miles northwest of Farmington.
Farmington police processed the scene on June 20 and filed a missing-person report. The cause of the car fire was later determined to be arson. The case remains unsolved, although investigators have looked at a possible connection to an alleged serial killer in the area. Although Pernell is classified as a missing person, police say they are treating the case as a homicide.
Pernell was a student at a local cosmetology school and lived with his sister at her house in Bloomfield about 10 miles southeast of Farmington.
Agency Name: Farmington Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Heather Chavez
Agency Phone Number: 505-566-2370
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 9827362
NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 638
Added: 5/15/07; Last Updated: 11/30/17
Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team
** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.