GJ pastor 
missing in 
New Mexico

Was hiking in area, his family reports

Paris Wallace

Authorities are searching for a Grand Junction pastor in New Mexico, where he was reported missing this week.

Paris Wallace, 52, was reported missing by family members on Wednesday night, according to Michelle Umberger, administrative assistant at Connection Church, where Wallace is the lead pastor. He has worked at the church for more than a decade, Umberger said.

He had been in Espanola, New Mexico, since Monday and missed a meeting Wednesday afternoon, she said.

Officer Jeremy Apodaca, the Espanola Police Department’s public information officer, confirmed that Wallace’s wife, Mitzi, called the agency Wednesday requesting a welfare check at the Rodeway Inn, where Wallace was staying.

Officers found his personal items in the room but did not find Wallace’s vehicle at the hotel. He said hotel personnel changed the key to the door of his room so he would have to make contact with the front desk upon returning to the hotel to gain access. As of Thursday evening, that had not happened.

Family members reported that Wallace was hiking in the area but it’s unclear what he may have been doing when he went missing. He is driving a tan 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe with Colorado license plate FQS-377. He’s described as being a white/Filipino man who is about 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with chin-length hair and a clean-shaven face.

Anyone with information can contact the New Mexico State Police at 575-758-8878 or the Espanola Police Department at 505-753-5555, and press option 7 to reach dispatch.


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