One year ago on Saturday, a retired Dallas firefighter disappeared from his home in Hunt County.
Michael Chambers was last seen at a Walmart in his hometown of Quinlan on March 10, 2017. His keys, wallet and blood were all found at his home. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Despite many searches in and around the area, investigators still have no leads. However, a $25,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts remains up for grabs.
As the months go by, Suzy Losoya says she has little hope her father is still alive. Her conversations with the Hunt County Sheriff's Office are less frequent. But she's hoping a new private investigator and the timing of the one-year anniversary will help reinvigorate the case to find Chambers.
Losoya remembers the day Chamber disappeared vividly.
“Crime tape. Just a nightmare of a scene when you get there,” she said. “But no trace of Dad.”
Surveillance video from the Quinlan Walmart shows the last time anyone saw the 70-year-old retired Dallas firefighter alive. He appears to have returned home. His wallet, keys and truck were all at his house. Drops of blood were found in a shed on his property. Still, no sign of Chambers.
“It’s horrible. It's wondering and wondering and searching and trying,” Losoya said. “We've had multiple searches and just never turned up a trace.”
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks says investigators have conducted three searches over the past year using cadaver dogs and aerial drones. Investigators have also verified the whereabouts of each person who would have had direct contact with Chambers.
In a statement, Meeks said “I know that they have followed up on every single lead that has come into the sheriff's office. Sadly, none of them have panned out."
“We need peace,” Losoya said. “If my dad is out there, I want to bring him home. I want him to rest with dignity.”
Losoya wrote an emotional post on Facebook about the development, writing “I pray this family can find a bit of peace. Please pray that my family will someday know the same peace."
“I wish my dad were still alive,” she said. “I have very little hope, very little hope about that at this point.”
Losoya plans to organize additional searches for her father in the coming months. Losoya will mark the one-year disappearance of her dad by spending it with family. She's asking anyone with information to call the Hunt County Sheriff's Office.