New York State Police in Cortlandt arrested a 32-year-old Valentine Grocery store clerk for selling alcohol to 18-year-old Santiago Mendia the night that police report. Mendia was reported missing around 9 p.m. July 14 and was found drowned in a small pond in Montrose on July 16 around 8:15 a.m.
The clerk, Peekskill resident Rosa E. Saquinaula, allegedly sold Santiago four 24 ounce cans of Four Loco alcohol without asking for identification to prove that he was 21 years old or older around 7 p.m. on July 14, police report.
Witnesses told police that Mendia appeared to be intoxicated prior to last being seen that night.
An autopsy performed by the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office on July 16 indicated that Mendia died as a result of an accidental drowning with toxicology results sill pending.
Any one with information regarding the activities of Santiago Mendia is urged to contact the State Police BCI in Cortland at 914-788-8044.