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Body Found in London Hunt for U.S. Trader Josh Sanchez-Maldonado

by Alexander Smith /  / Updated 
Image: Josh Sanchez-Maldonado
Josh Sanchez-MaldonadoMetropolitan Police

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LONDON — A body has been found on train tracks near where a young American trader vanished in London a week ago, police said late Thursday.

Josh Sanchez-Maldonado, 24, of San Francisco disappeared the day after traveling to the British capital for a job interview. It was the first time he had traveled alone outside the U.S. and he was not thought to have access to any money, according to London's Metropolitan Police.

Image: Josh Sanchez-Maldonado
Josh Sanchez-MaldonadoMetropolitan Police

On Thursday, police found a body on a railway between Feltham, a suburb of west London, and Staines, in the neighboring county of Surrey, the force said.

Sanchez-Maldonado was last seen leaving his hotel in Feltham on October 22.

The body has not yet been formally identified but Sanchez-Maldonado's family, who had traveled to the U.K., was informed about the find.

Sanchez-Maldonado flew to London from Japan the day before his disappearance and was said to be heading to a job interview, although investigators said they had been unable to uncover the details of the appointment.

He was due to fly back to San Francisco via Dublin, Ireland, the next day but did not catch the plane.

He had spoken to his father daily since beginning his travels. Sanchez-Maldonado was last in contact the day before his disappearance.

The family described him as "very goal oriented, very organized, detailed, kind, lovable and a respectful person."

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