Man convicted of involuntary manslaughter reported missing in Ranchos de Taos

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Updated Oct. 3 at 4:40 p.m.

New Mexico State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating Joseph A. Morgas, a 30-year-old Hispanic man who was last seen in Ranchos de Taos on Aug. 13, according to a press release from the state agency.

Morgas was last seen at 105 San Francisco Street in Ranchos and is believed to be in danger if not located, according to the press release issued Monday (Sept. 30).

He is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. State police do not know what he was last seen wearing.

Dusty Francisco, a public information officer with state police, said Morgas was originally reported missing last week on Sept. 24. Francisco confirmed that Morgas is the same man who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in February 2011 for fatally stabbing his friend, Adrian Romero-Rascón, at a residence in Llano Quemado.

"He's already served his time," said Rose Pacheco, Morgas' grandmother. "He's felt guilty about it all these years, and he has a lot of regret over what's happened. He (Romero-Rascón) was his best friend."

Pacheco said her family didn't realize Morgas was missing for several days. She said they hesitated to contact authorities because they believed he would eventually return.

"We realized that nobody had seen him – not relatives, not friends," she said. "He’s just missing and we need to find him. We love him and we want him to come home."

Anyone with information regarding Morgas' whereabouts is asked to contact state police at (575) 758-1466.

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