Thomas Tenorio, 30, identified by his mother as man whose body was found in lake by power plant


FARMINGTON — The mother of a Farmington man who was found dead in Morgan Lake is searching for answers about what happened to her son.

Thomas Tenorio, 30, has been identified by his mother Teresa Tenorio as the man whose body was found in the lake on the Navajo reservation.

Dale West, a Navajo Nation criminal investigator for Crownpoint and Shiprock, said a man's body was found in the man-made lake that cools the Four Corners Power Plant in Fruitland. He didn't have additional information about the case. The Navajo Nation Police Department is working with the FBI and Farmington Police Department on the investigation, West said.

Frank Fisher, an FBI public affairs specialist, said the agency is investigating the death.

A detective for the Farmington Police Department contacted Teresa Tenorio on Monday afternoon and told her that her son's body had been found, she said.

In a telephone interview today, she said doesn't know any information regarding the death of her son. She is hoping to learn what happened to him after he disappeared about a month ago.

"We don't know anything yet," Teresa Tenorio said. "We tried so hard to find him."

A missing person report was filed on Feb. 27 with Farmington police, according to spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

The last time Teresa Tenorio saw her son was on the morning of Feb. 22. He told her he was going to look for a job, she said.

Thomas Tenorio left in his gray 1992 Toyota Camry and didn't return. She said his car has not been found.

Teresa Tenorio said it was out of the character for her son to go missing, and when he didn't return home, she knew something was wrong.

"He's never done this," Teresa Tenorio said. "I just knew something was going on."

She described her son as someone always willing to help neighbors and family members, including his brother and sister. He recently helped a female neighbor trim the trees in her yard.

"He was just nice to anybody that needed help," Teresa Tenorio said.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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