Car in water near Mukilteo dock may be missing Lynnwood man’s

Jose P. Sanchez Diaz, 20, of Lynnwood, has been missing since Aug. 29. Police believe they may have found his car in Puget Sound near the Mukilteo ferry dock. (Photo courtesy Karla Danson)

Jose P. Sanchez Diaz, 20, of Lynnwood, has been missing since Aug. 29. Police believe they may have found his car in Puget Sound near the Mukilteo ferry dock. (Photo courtesy Karla Danson)

MUKILTEO — Police believe they may have found the car of a Lynnwood-area man who has been missing for nearly a year.

Confirmation is awaiting the recovery of the vehicle from Puget Sound near the Mukilteo ferry dock.

Jose Sanchez Diaz, 20, was last seen leaving a friend’s house in the early morning of Aug. 29. His cellphone last emitted an electronic signal at the Mukilteo waterfront.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office previously had searched the water without success. Earlier this week, commercial divers saw what appeared to be “a vehicle that matches the one the victim was driving when he disappeared,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Friday.

The car was about 50 feet from the surface and 100 feet from the end of the dock. Police didn’t say Friday if the body of the missing man was inside.

Detectives plan to recover the car, but a date for that endeavor has not been set, Ireton said. They are still investigating the young man’s disappearance and seeking tips. Anyone with information should call 425-388-3845.

Sanchez Diaz came to the United States from Honduras at 17 and attended Mountlake Terrace High School. He was supposed to attend Edmonds Community College last fall. His foster family still lives in the area.

Earlier this year, detectives said they suspected that he crashed his car and died and the wreckage hadn’t been found. The weekend he went missing was around the same time the region was hit with a massive summer windstorm.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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