Indio police searching for missing Navy veteran

Posted at 9:56 AM, Sep 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-13 12:56:35-04

Police are asking for help finding a Navy veteran who may want to harm himself.  According to police, he went missing on Saturday in the Coachella Valley, and might be heading to San Diego.

Walter Sanford, 32, was last seen at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, wearing a striped t-shirt with blue jean pants and sandals, said Sgt. Daniel Marshall of the Indio Police Department.

He is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds.

Sanford's family told police that he sent them several text messages about possibly harming himself since he went missing. Sanford is a Navy veteran that recently relocated to the Coachella Valley.

Police said it is possible that Sanford is in the area of Cactus City, but that he may be trying to get to San Diego.

He was also last seen driving a 1993 dark green Volvo 960 station wagon with an unknown California license plate.

Police asked anyone with information to call 911, the Indio Police Department at 760-391-4057 or the Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.