Ruben Herrera mystery continues: has he been found in South America?

They’re still trying to indentify of the man in South America who claims he’s Ruben Herrera. Ruben disappeared from El Paso, Texas in 1983, at the age of fourteen. He apparently went to Mexico with an adult man who was located later without him. The case was classified as a non-family abduction but I didn’t have much in the way of information. I wrote about the mystery a week ago.

This newest article has a lot more info on Ruben’s disappearance, including the identity of the man who kidnapped him. He said it was for ransom. He got 30 years in prison and never revealed Ruben’s whereabouts. The man in South America who claims to be Ruben wants to be de-listed as a missing person and wants to get in contact with Ruben’s sisters. (Ruben’s mother is dead.)

Color me skeptical. The South American guy COULD be Ruben. Or he could be a crazy person who believes he’s Ruben. Or he could be a creep who gets off on tormenting missing people’s families. Or he could be an opportunist who wants access to an American passport and birth certificate.

Nothing to do but wait and see.

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4 thoughts on “Ruben Herrera mystery continues: has he been found in South America?

  1. Ilya Sitnikov June 5, 2013 / 8:56 am

    Have you ever seen a documentary called “The Imposter”?

    It discusses the story of Nicholas Barclay and a French guy who claimed to be him, but turned out to be a serial imposter/pathological liar.

    I was reminded of it while reading this story…

    • Meaghan June 5, 2013 / 8:57 am

      I haven’t seen it but I know the story. I’ve been meaning to watch it.

  2. lisabwatson June 5, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    There’s the kook who pretended she was a girl missing from Indiana. Shannon Merrill? Incredibly cruel.

    I don’t know what to think about Ruben.

    • Meaghan June 6, 2013 / 4:38 am

      That woman was genuinely mentally ill and had a long history of such delusions, though. I would cut her a break.

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