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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    up north

    WA - Santiago Sanchez Cortes, 59, Tacoma, 1 Oct 2013 - M. Effelberg chgd w/ murder


    Published: October 21, 2013 Updated 13 hours ago

    Police ask for help to find Tacoma man reported missing

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    up north

    CrimeStoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County



    Tacoma Police detectives need your help to locate a missing man, feared to be the victim of foul play. Santiago Sanchez Cortes has been missing under suspicious circumstances since October 1st, 2013.

    Santiago Sanchez Cortes was last seen on Tuesday October 1st, 2013, at his residence in the City of Tacoma. Sanchez Cortes was reported missing a week later after he failed to show up at work for several days. Sanchez Cortes held the same job for an extended period of time and never missed a day of work without notifying his coworkers. There have been no reported contacts with or sightings of Sanchez Cortes since the day he disappeared.

    At the time of his disappearance Santiago Sanchez Cortes was a hispanic male, 59 years old, 5’4” tall, 190 lbs., with graying black hair and brown eyes.

    Detectives are looking for any information regarding Santiago Sanchez Cortes’ disappearance and/or his whereabouts.

  3. #3
    Woman accused of killing missing Tacoma man

    Pierce County prosecutors have accused a 38-year-old woman of killing a Tacoma man who was reported missing about six weeks ago.

    Margaret Effelberg was ordered held on $500,000 bail Tuesday. The News Tribune says she pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the death of 59-year-old Santiago Cortes.

    The victim’s body has not been found, but prosecutors say they have evidence Effelberg killed him, including confessions to her boyfriend and another woman.


    Arrest made in apparent murder of missing Tacoma man


    Surveillance video and electronic records show that in the days after Cortes' disappearance, his debit card was used to buy a reciprocating saw, deodorized garbage bags, scented candles and Lysol wipes at three local stores, investigators said. Those items were later discovered at Effelberg's home after a search warrant, prosecutors said.

    A husband and wife who lived next door to the suspect told police Effelberg had admitted to them that she "killed a man" and later confessed to the wife "I accidentally killed a man" as she started to cry, prosecutors said.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2012
    This is from Feb 28 - http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/0...mmit.html?rh=1
    Margaret Effelberg, the woman charged in Cortes’ murder, told a friend “she was surprised that he has not been found yet and that he is close by,” according to charging papers in the case. Effelberg’s home is less than two miles from the spot where the body was found Friday. The Medical Examiner’s Office said it could be weeks before they release the man’s identity.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said detectives have considered whether the body is Cortes.
    "That’s a strong possibility that it’s him,” Troyer said.
    7 months later, I wonder if positive identification is still pending.
    Tomorrow is one year that Santiago has been missing.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    I just tried viewing Santiago's NamUs profile and I received a "Case Access Denied" message. Wondering if the body from 2014 was identified as being him.

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