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Thomas J. Lewis
Thomas J. Lewis. Courtesy photo
Phillip Pancho
Phillip Pancho. Courtesy photo
Tohono O’odham Nation issues missing person alerts for two men
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Thomas J. Lewis and Phillip Pancho have been located and have been found safe, the Tohono O’odham Nation said in a news release on October 25, 2023.

The Tohono O’odham Nation issued missing persons bulletins for two tribal citizens who were last seen at the Arizona State Fair.

According to the tribe, Thomas J. Lewis, age 61, and Phillip Pancho, age 52, attended the fair in Phoenix on Friday, October 20. They were reported missing after they failed to return to the group they were traveling with, a news release stated.

“Mr. Lewis and Mr. Pancho can be described as functional, with some diminished mental capacity,” the release stated. “They are close friends and workmates, and it is likely that they would stay together. They are carrying identification but do not have cell phones with them.”

According to the tribe:

Thomas J. Lewis was wearing a camouflage baseball cap, eyeglasses, maroon shirt with a plaid long-sleeved shirt over it, and blue jeans. He is 5’1” and weighs 150 pounds.

Phillip Pancho was wearing blue jeans, blue flannel shirt, blue tennis shoes and baseball cap.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department Detective Mike Rivas at 520-383-3275. An investigation is ongoing in cooperation with multiple law enforcement agencies on an off the reservation.