A New Mexico man disappeared while traveling to Peoria for a job, and authorities are now searching for two men who used the missing man’s credit cards at a Home Depot in Glendale.
Craig Cavanaugh, 44, was last seen in Payson on July 4, according to Farmington, New Mexico, police.
Department spokeswoman Georgette Allen told The Glendale Star the 2012 Toyota Tacoma Cavanaugh had been driving, however, was found on July 14, a little over a week after his disappearance. She would not say where.
And yet, weeks later, Cavanaugh’s location is still a mystery.
A Facebook page, Help Us Find Craig Cavanaugh, has been set up find his whereabouts.
According to the page, Cavanaugh’s iPhone was last traced to the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino parking lot in Payson at 1:39 p.m. July 4. And according to police, a witness reported having seen Cavanaugh there that afternoon, though no formal evidence supports the claim.
“After this, all communication ended, which is extremely out of the ordinary for him,” a moderator for Help Us Find Craig Cavanaugh posted July 9. “He was supposed to be home Thursday night/early Friday morning to leave for a Fourth of July vacation for the weekend.”
Instead, according to Allen, two men used Cavanaugh’s credit cards to purchase numerous items at several Valley stores in the days following his disappearance.
“The individuals in the photos used Mr. Cavanaugh’s credits cards at a Home Depot and Dillard’s in Glendale, and attempted to use them at a Maverik in Payson and a QuikTrip in Peoria,” she said.
All the charges occurred between July 5 and July 7, added Nicole Brown, another spokeswoman for the Farmington Police Department.
Now, a Farmington detective is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the two men who used Cavanaugh’s credit cards as well as finding the missing man’s whereabouts, police said. The detective is working with authorities in Payson, Glendale and Phoenix.
According to police, a post regarding the two men and the credit cards has been shared more than 30,000 times and has reached 1.6 million people. And following the viral social media post, the detective received tips in the Farmington area as well as in Arizona.
As of print, however, the men have not been located or their identities revealed. If they are located, Farmington police said they will not charge them for fraud due to the crossing of jurisdictions.
Police are interested in uncovering more information on Cavanaugh’s whereabouts, however.
“FPD takes missing persons cases very seriously,” Farmington Police Deputy Chief Jessica Tyler said. “Due to the facts of the case as they stand, we are concerned for Mr. Cavanaugh’s safety. We are working diligently with the other agencies to find him.”
Police identified Cavanaugh as having hazel eyes and brown hair. He is 5-foot-11-inches and weighs 220 pounds.
“Basically it’s a waiting game,” a moderator for Help Us Find Craig Cavanaugh posted on July 16. “We wish we had more news. There are so many unanswered questions but we are leaving this in law enforcements (sic) hands.”
Anyone who believes they know either of the men or has information on Cavanaugh’s disappearance is asked to contact Farmington Police Department Detective Kenneth Smith at 505-599-1005 or the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 505-599-1068.
A GoFundMe has been set up to assist with search expenses as well as personal expenses at gofundme.com/f/craig-cavanaugh-help-fund.