National Hispanic Heritage Month: Ivan Barela

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is Ivan Barela, a fifteen-year-old boy who disappeared from Ocean Beach in San Francisco on the afternoon of November 2, 1986.

He went to take the dog for a walk along the beach and never returned. I’m not sure the dog was ever located. There was a surfing tournament being held at the beach that day but I’m not sure if Ivan went to watch.

In spite of the site of his disappearance (and Ivan isn’t the only person on the Charley Project who went missing from Ocean Beach), drowning is considered an unlikely explanation. He had a history of running away, but police think foul play was probably what caused Ivan’s disappearance.

I wish I knew why about the case — why they think foul play might have been involved.

2 thoughts on “National Hispanic Heritage Month: Ivan Barela

  1. Amy Abramson September 22, 2019 / 7:17 am

    This is a case that has always baffled me. I know times were different because I lived them BUT all of these missing teens in the 60s ,70s and preAdam Walsh 80s and the official excuse was always run away, when now we clearly know 90%were NOT. What angers me more is why there’s such a small amount of information on so many of these cases. I wish surviving family would post more or set up sites because we’ve seen that cases that stay in the news or have more info posted generate more results towards a resolution. Frustrating.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan September 22, 2019 / 3:50 pm

    Amy, I agree with your comments. However, that was the mindset of law enforcement. Also, their was many law enforcement agencies that did not share information with other agencies. Also, the FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover did not investigate Organized Crime until the New York State Police broke up a meeting in New York. The fore runner of the DEA, had a complete files on Organized Crime.

    Now, they got their act together. But, they have issues with these older missing person cases. Many agencies threw out case files, or they didn’t do a report.

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