American Financial Trader Mysteriously Missing in London

He claimed he was there for a job interview
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2015 4:10 PM CDT
American Financial Trader Mysteriously Missing in London
American financial trader Josh Sanchez-Maldonado, who's been missing in London since Oct. 22.   (Metropolitan Police)

A young Bay Area financial trader traveling abroad on his own for the first time has disappeared in London, where he told family he had a potential job interview, NBC News reports. According to the Guardian, Josh Sanchez-Maldonado, 24, was last seen leaving his hotel in west London on the afternoon of Oct. 22, the day after he arrived from Japan. His father, Jose Sanchez, got worried when Sanchez-Maldonado missed his Oct. 23 flight home and called his son's hotel only to discover he never checked out and all his belongings were still there. His family flew to London after he went missing and are publicly asking him to contact them. "He has always kept in close communication to us," the family said in a statement released Thursday.

The Guardian reports Sanchez-Maldonado told his father he had a job interview in London but didn't give any details. According to NBC, London police have been unable to uncover any evidence or details of a job interview. "His dream is to visit the financial area in London," Sanchez tells the Guardian. "That's where he always said he would love to work." His father says his son would have little interest in nightlife, as he was more focused on his stocks and making money, and police are currently searching the city's financial areas. ABC News reports Sanchez fears his son is lost somewhere in the city. According to NBC, Sanchez-Maldonado had been speaking to his father every day during his trip. They last spoke the day before he disappeared. (More missing person stories.)

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