Jairo Javier Sanchez
Missing since December 9, 1983 from Nassau, Bahamas.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Sanchez was last seen in Nassau, Bahamas on December 9, 1983. He was a resident of Miami at the time of his disappearance.
In August of 2005, Jairo's relatives found a published series in New Times about the disappearance of Gary Weaver and noticed similarities. The date Gary disappeared, December 9, 1983, was in the time frame that Jairo was lost. Both men were also last known to have been on a Beechcraft Queen Air plane that took off from the Nassau airport. And the tail number mentioned in the article, N88KP, matched the one the family had been given for the plane Jairo had boarded.
The family had also been told shortly after Jairo vanished that her son had taken the plane trip with an American friend named Gary Weaver.
Jairo's daughter contacted Bahamas Royal Police Force who is conducting a homicide investigation into the Gary Weaver case.
Jairo's relatives were informed there was a man named "Pete Gallo" on the plane. A former family friend, picked up Jairo on the morning of December 4, 1983, for what was Jairo's third and final trip to the Bahamas.
The relatives of Jairo say they had no idea at the time that he might have been involved in drug smuggling, especially since he rarely had any money and even had to borrow $30 for the journey to the islands. Jairo, who worked as a security guard and translator, told his family that he was importing TVs and other appliances to Colombia through the Bahamas.
Jairo last called the family on the morning of December 9.
The family tried numerous avenues to locate Jairo. The missing man's wife went to the Miami-Dade Police Department, which opened a case but found little new information.
According to police reports from the time, federal agents knew that the white, nine-seat Beechcraft Queen Air was used by drug smugglers. The plane, built in 1966, was registered to a defunct Boynton Beach company called Air America Transport. Current Federal Aviation Administration records show it is still registered to that nonexistent firm.
Both men may have been killed on Andros Island, Bahamas.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
The Royal Bahamas Police Force
Central Detective Unit
Superintendent Glen Miller
Miami-Dade Police Department
Agency Case Number: 38675-E
NCIC Number: M-355394673
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
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