Family continue to search for missing Bloomfield man
FARMINGTON — Family members of a missing Bloomfield man are continuing to search for new information that could lead to his discovery.
Lewis "Jim" Stouffer, 50, has been missing since June 13, according to brothers Shayne and Ed Sinnott.
Stouffer was reported missing after he dropped his longtime girlfriend off at work around 5 p.m. on June 12 and did not show up to pick up her up at the end of shift around 5 a.m., Ed said.
Shayne flew in from Buffalo, N.Y., and Ed flew in from Raleigh, N.C., on Monday to help generate more interest in the case of their missing brother.
They hope if anyone in the community has any information related to Stouffer's case, they will share it with the proper law enforcement agencies.
The brothers spent their week canvassing Albuquerque, Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington from Monday to Thursday before flying home today.
They described Stouffer as a family man who is a hard worker and loves his Buffalo, N.Y., sports teams, including the Sabres hockey team.
About 860 fliers were distributed in the cities. The brothers tried to reach out to as many law enforcement agencies as they could during that time.
"We're just trying to flood the market with his face so that people see him and know we are looking for him," Ed said.
Billboards displaying Stouffer's photo and contact information for law enforcement and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Hotline are scheduled to be installed next week.
The brothers said the reception they've gotten from community members they've spoken to has been generous and sincere.
The last break in the case was when Stouffer's Hyundai Elantra was found abandoned on July 5 along Navajo Dam Road east of Aztec, Ed said. It was reported to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office by an oilfield worker.
The brothers said they would talk to him two to three times a week, and it was out of the ordinary for Stouffer to go missing.
Stouffer and Parker were preparing to move to Albuquerque right before he disappeared. Stouffer had been frequenting the Farmington Flea Market on weekends, buying and selling goods.
The Bloomfield Police Department is handling the investigation. Calls made to the detective handling the case were not returned today.
Anyone with information can contact Bloomfield police at 505-632-6311 or the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Hotline at 1-800-457-3463.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.