17-year-old Paul David Sanders was last seen in Mesa, Arizona on August 12, 2001. He disappeared after leaving home following an argument with his father.


Paul David Sanders was born on April 25, 1984. He was raised with his younger sister by a single mother in Missouri.

In the summer of 2000, Paul decided to move in with his father in Mesa, Arizona where he attended Globe High School. He played multiple sports, including football and basketball, with hopes to later attend college on an athletic scholarship.

During that time, Paul often called home and even asked for help to get back to Missouri at some point. He eventually decided to finish out the school year in Arizona, but was planning on returning home to Missouri for the holidays.


On August 11, 2001, Paul Sanders left his home on East Carol Circle in Mesa, Arizona after he got into an argument with his father. He drove away in his father’s vehicle, a Silver Chevrolet pickup truck.

On August 12, 2001, Paul was last seen by his grandmother when he visited her home in Globe, Arizona.

Paul Sanders never came back home and hasn’t been heard from since.


On August 14, 2001, his father’s Silver Chevrolet pickup truck was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in Tucson, Arizona. However, the driver drove away before the responding officer could confirm his identity and a high-speed chase ensued.

On August 15, 2001, the vehicle was found abandoned and crashed on the side of a steep hill in a remote area in the Sierra Catalina Mountains, northeast of Tucson.

Paul left behind his wallet, driver’s license, and cellular phone under the car’s seat and the keys on the console.

Paul had cashed his last paycheck from work a day before his disappearance, but the cash was not found in his wallet.


Police found no evidence for foul play in Paul Sanders’s disappearance. The circumstances of Paul’s disappearance remain unclear and his case is currently classified as missing. His case remains unsolved.


Physical Description:
Hispanic/White male born on April 25, 1984. Paul has brown hair, hazel eyes, stands 5’8 tall, and weighs 145 – 150 pounds.

Distinctive Physical Features:
Paul has the name “Hernandez” tattooed in the center of his back.

Clothing and accessories:
Paul was last seen wearing a medium blue t-shirt with the word “Billabong”, dark jeans shorts, and white K-Swiss shoes.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Paul David Sanders please contact the Mesa Police Department at (480) 644-2211. Agency Case Number: 200112260560

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