Fears grow for missing US trader last seen in west London

Fears grow for missing US trader last seen in west London

Josh Sanchez-Maldonado

Family of Josh Sanchez-Maldonado come to UK to plead for information on whereabouts of 24-year-old from Puerto Rico
An American trader has gone missing in London after arriving in the city for a job interview and vanishing before his return flight to the
US.
Fears are growing for the safety of Josh Sanchez-Maldonado, 24, from Puerto Rico, who was last seen leaving his hotel in Feltham, west London, just after midday last Thursday, a day after flying into the UK from Japan.
His family have now come to the UK to make a plea for information on his whereabouts. In a statement issued through the Metropolitan police, they said: “Josh is a lovable person and we have left our world back home to be here for him. He is very goal oriented, very organised, detailed, kind, lovable and a respectful person. He has always kept in close communication to us. He is outspoken and very expressive.
Sanchez-Maldonado headshot and CCTV photo
“The whole family is highly concerned for his wellbeing. We really wish he contacts us as soon as possible. Josh please contact us, your parents, your brother or sister through email, text, phone call or by any other means.”
Sanchez-Maldonado’s father, Jose Sanchez, said he last spoke to his son on 21 October. Before that, they had been in touch every day since his son left the US on his first overseas trip by himself.
“He was kind of tired because he had just arrived,” he said. “He was sad he was away from home, so we were just talking about when he was coming back. He never confirmed the interview, he just told me he had a potential job interview in London.”
A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Sanchez-Maldonado had been living with his mother, Lucette Maldonado, in the US Caribbean territory while working on his MBA in finance and as a self-employed commodities and foreign exchange trader.
While his family do not know the nature of the job that Sanchez-Maldonado had been expecting to be interviewed for – or who it was with – given his interests they believe it must have been along financial lines. “He really enjoys the London market,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez discovered his son had gone missing last Friday, the day he expected him to return to the US via Dublin. “I work in San Jose, but actually he was going to fly into San Francisco because that’s the nearest international airport. I was going to pick him up on Friday afternoon,” he said.
“When I called him in the morning to make sure that he made it okay to the airport, he didn’t answer his phone. I called the hotel just to see if Josh had left and the hotel manager told me he hadn’t checked out yet. She went to his room and saw his belongings there and that’s when she got concerned.”

Josh Sanchez-Maldonado
Police first issued an appeal for information on Sanchez-Maldonado’s whereabouts that day. However, there have been no further reported sightings of him and officers are growing increasingly concerned for his safety and wellbeing.
Described as white and about 5ft 8in (1.72m) tall, with a slim build and short, dark hair, he was last seen leaving St Giles hotel on Hounslow Road wearing a dark coloured flat cap, a brown/grey T-shirt, white shorts and black trainers.
Sanchez said he believed his son would have been most interested in visiting London’s financial districts, including the City and Canary Wharf, where police are currently focusing their efforts.
“His dream is to visit the financial area in London,” he said. “That’s where he always said he would love to work.” Police added that there is also an appeal in Feltham for information on his whereabouts.
Sanchez said he did not believe his son would have been interested in London’s nightlife. “He was more focused on earning money and making his trades, looking at the foreign exchange and the markets, making sure he was not losing and making his money.
“He was making some profit. He had some hopes and dreams like we all do. He earned enough money to book his trip and to travel.
“He’s a lovable, social person – outspoken. You meet him and in five minutes you learn to like him very quickly. We want to make sure that he is found, that we take care of him, that he’s okay and we can take him home.”

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