Updated August 08, 2016: The search for Vietnam Veteran Elmer Waite has ended. Elmer Waite was located deceased in the delivery box van he was last known to be driving. Officials believe that he may have had a medical episode which led to the vehicle crossing into an eastbound lane and coming to rest in a ravine. Rest in peace Mr. Waite.
Elmer Waite is a Vietnam Veteran who went missing on Friday, August 5th, 2016 near Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Elmer Waite is a delivery driver for the Santa Fe New Mexican Newspaper. He left the New Mexican’s printing plant at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 and headed out to deliver printed news products to the Eastern towns of New Mexico. While driving his usual delivery route, he made his last known delivery at around 3:00 a.m. in Clovis, New Mexico, never making the next scheduled delivery in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
Elmer Waite’s delivery van, a white 2003 Chevy ETV box van with the number “8” on the doors and bearing the New Mexico license plate FLZ 584, is equipped with a GPS tracking device which stopped sending a signal at 4:01 a.m. while the van was headed west along a flat, rural stretch of U.S. 60 east of Red Lake Road.
Elmer Waite is 59 years old as of the date he went missing in August 2016. Elmer Waite is described as a white male standing 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing approximately 185 pounds. Elmer Waite was last seen wearing black pants, a dark beige t-shirt, and a beige ball cap with red, white, and blue outlines.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Elmer Waite or the vehicle he was last known to be driving, contact the New Mexico State Police in Santa Fe at 575-461-3300.