Family of man found dead in Oro Valley 'wishes more could've been done'

Published: Jun. 11, 2016 at 11:22 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM MST
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ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As the family of a man found dead in Oro Valley waits for results of an autopsy, they honored his life Saturday, June 11 with a small memorial near the area where he was found. Oro Valley police found the body of 46-year-old Mark Salgado of Tucson near Magee and North Oracle Wednesday, June 8 behind a local business.

According to Lt. Kara Riley, detectives don't suspect foul play though the case is still under investigation.

"He really taught me how to see the good in people," said Salgado's son, Mark Aguilar.

Salgado's mother, Martha Pueblas, said shortly before her son's body was found, he had been missing for five days.

"We put fliers out, we walked around all the rivers, and we walked to all the bus stops," said Pueblas.

Pueblas said Salgado suffered from diabetes and was on several medications at the time of his death. She believes the heat may have played a role in his death.

She said Salgado leaves behind two children, both in their 20's, as well as a 3-year-old grandson.

"It's awful because you feel like your hands are tied and you can't do anything," said Pueblas on waiting for autopsy results. "You don't know where to look, you don't know where to go or where to call."

Aguilar called his dad 'his best friend' growing up and wishes the search efforts for his dad would've reached more people.

"It really boils down to who is missing and who is out there looking for him," said Aguilar. "It's not a story to them, it's their life. In my case, it's my dad."

The family said Salgado was reported missing to police, but were told he was not considered at-risk. Aguilar and his sister, Raquel Salgado, took to social media to share their dad's picture while he was missing and said the posts gained a great deal of response from the local community.

"I was so amazed by how many people came to help," said Aguilar. "It warmed my heart because so many people actually cared about my family. Even if they didn't know anything, they just wanted to just they had their prayers for us."

Salgado's family urges the community to take a missing person case seriously before it's too late.

"It's a person," said Aguilar. "The emotions are real behind it. It's not something to joke about. It's something to take into your own hands. It's something that you should be proactive about."

The family is in the process of organizing funeral arrangements for Salgado. For more information, click here.

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