Miguel Hector Ochoa was born January 8, 1976 to Sofia and Hector Ochoa in Los Angeles, California. One of seven children, Miguel learned quickly to fend for himself and to make his voice heard. He also learned to get along with people and developed an easy going, often-humorous approach to life.
He did well in school, particularly in math, but his real love was in fixing things and making things work. As a child, Miguel loved to get his hands on broken televisions, radios and any other electronic gadget to see if he could put them back together. By the age of fifteen, he had developed a sideline in this repair work and often sold his "recycled" appliances to local neighbors.
His father Hector, a now retired sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department, had hoped Miguel would follow in his footsteps and become a police officer. Though his three brothers ‒ Francisco, Juan and Julio ‒ did follow their father into the LAPD, Miguel remained on the outside, a fact that has contributed to his estrangement from his family. Sofia, his mother, secretly thanked God that she had one son who did not put his life in harm's way on a daily basis and supported him in his decision not to become a policeman. Naturally, this caused much strife and endless arguments within the Ochoa clan, both the immediate family and the aggregate family. Within a year after Miguel graduated high school, he felt he'd had enough and decided to leave California. He lived in Dallas, Texas with an uncle and aunt for a while, then moved on to New Orleans, and eventually ended up in Mississippi.
Within a short time, he had himself established as a "fix-it" man and developed a pretty good roster of clients. In addition, he learned carpentry and cabling and developed work in those areas as well.
Currently, Miguel works for Comcast in Yoknapatawpha County. He is dating Tammy Freeman, a local budding artist he met in the summer of 2011.
In his spare time, Miguel tools with the 1965 Ford Mustang he is attempting to rebuild, despite the challenge of getting parts quickly. He also volunteers as a Big Brother and plays Santa Claus at St. John's Catholic Church Christmas Pageant.
Missing dog mini posters
Small versions of the missing dog posters for column promo