MP of the week: Rene Perez

This week’s featured missing person is Rene Perez Jr., who disappeared with his mom, Cecilia Elizabeth Newball, from Los Angeles in 1994. Rene was six years old; Cecilia was thirty-two.

Cecilia’s husband of one year, Alfredo (who is not Rene’s father) claims Cecilia and Rene simply left one day and never came back. Cecilia left a goodbye-card and her wedding and engagement rings, and Alfredo got a typewritten letter a few days later. The letter said Cecilia (who is originally from El Salvador) was moving to Honduras with a guy named Arturo.

However, foul play is suspected in their cases. Cecilia was eight months pregnant, and women don’t usually pick that time to make major life changes or travel internationally. Furthermore, all of her and Rene’s belongings were left behind, including Cecilia’s car, their clothes and Rene’s glasses.

Some general questions that occur to me with the info that’s available:

  1. Did Cecilia and Rene’s passports disappear with them? Did Rene even have a passport?
  2. Was there any record of either of them leaving the United States?
  3. Did Cecilia even know how to type? Did she usually type her letters?
  4. Did Alfredo own a typewriter? If so, did the police check and see if it had been used to write that letter?
  5. Was Rene’s father a presence in their lives, and has he been ruled out as a suspect?
  6. Does Alfredo have a criminal record or a history of violence towards women?

If he’s still alive, Rene would now be 30 years old. I think he’s probably still six. And I don’t think his younger sibling was ever born.

4 thoughts on “MP of the week: Rene Perez

  1. Terromangerro May 9, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Off topic but worth sharing, they are searching a plot of land in Michigan looking for Kimberly King and added that “Officials haven’t publicly identified all of the victims they believe may be buried there, but Dwyer confirmed Wednesday 17-year-old Kellie Brownlee, who vanished from a Novi mall in 1982, and 15-year-old Kim Larrow, who disappeared from Canton Township in 1981, may be among them.”
    Search is taking place at property owned by suspect Arthur Ream.

    • Meaghan May 9, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      Yeah I know about this. A reporter asked to use my photos of Kim and Kellie.

    • Jg October 9, 2019 / 3:34 pm

      I can’t help thinking of Jackie Sue Schut and her husband who hatched a plan for getting a newborn by luring the mom to their car and stealing her baby after shooting her…this case sounds like one where someone did a lot of homework and really wanted a brand new baby…maybe someone the husband knew who either pretended to be pregnant and needed a baby or someone who got close enough to him to steal an unborn child to sell…

  2. Patrick Kerrigan May 9, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    I wonder why they did not search this area, after finding the other victim buried there. Hopefully the authorities will find what they are looking for. It will help close a few cases. Now if they could solve the murders of those children from Oakland County in Michigan.

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