MP of the week: Stephanie Chavez

This week’s featured missing person is Stephanie Chavez, a sixteen-year-old Hispanic girl who disappeared from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 8, 2013. She’s listed as a runaway and may have left with a man named Alex Arroyo. I have a photo of him but no other information. They may be in Mexico.

Stephanie would be 24 years old today. It’s worth noting that she is very short, under five feet tall. Somewhere between four feet one and four feet eight. She may use the last name Arroyo, same as Alex.

10 thoughts on “MP of the week: Stephanie Chavez

  1. Patrick Kerrigan November 11, 2020 / 8:55 pm

    Authorities in South Dakota have excavated a well in Watertown. They were looking for the remains of Pamela Jean Dunn.

    They found some remains, but are not sure if they are human or animal.

    • Meaghan November 11, 2020 / 8:57 pm

      Yeah, I read about that. I do hope it turns out to be her.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan November 13, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    It was also reported in Kansas City, that authorities have identified a cousin of Fawn Cox (16), as the person who broke into her home.

    They did not identify the cousin who then raped and strangled her to death in the Summer of 1989. It appears she slept upstairs, while everyone else on her family slept downstairs.

    Supposedly, an air conditioner covered any noise he made. The cousin supposedly is deceased.

    • Palli November 14, 2020 / 2:07 pm

      Any particular reason why you are saying this on a website that only handles missing people and not murders?

      • Meaghan November 14, 2020 / 2:09 pm

        Probably because the same type of people who like to read missing persons stuff are usually also like to read about unsolved murders. If I considered his comment way off topic I’d have deleted it, but it’s on the same planet of interest at least, if not the same continent, if that makes sense.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan November 14, 2020 / 8:51 pm

    I bounce between missing persons and unsolved murders. As an example Richard William Davis, now deceased, was identified as the guy who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 5-year old girl in Missoula, Montana in Feb. 1974.

    Authorities in Montana found that he had lived in Bath, New York in the 1960’s and 70’s. Authorities in Bath, reopened their investigation of a 24 year old woman missing since the early 1970’s.

    Also, he was known in Bath, for luring children especially little girls. So, he might be connected to at least one missing person case, and maybe some unsolved murders of young children in the area. He had one arrest for trying to lure an 8 year old girl. He got a fine of $25.00. He meant no harm.

    Also, Davis worked in jobs which provided him access to children’s in several states Alaska, Arkansas. He worked as a missionary (unknown religion), at an Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the 1960.

    So these individuals like Mr. Davis spent time in several states and traveled through many others. He supposedly attacked the 5 year old while driving through Missoula on Interstate- 90.

    • missingmysteries November 14, 2020 / 9:51 pm

      Patrick, I’m with you as far as vacillating between missing cases and unsolved murders. Sometimes, they intersect. The one that’s bothered me the most (as far as being both a missing persons case and an unsolved murder) as of recently is the Melisa Brannen case. She was a small child who was abducted from an apartment complex party by a suspect who was tried and convicted of her kidnapping, but not her murder.

      While he did receive a lengthy sentence (which many thought would have him spend his life in prison), he was somehow paroled last year. This man abducted a child, likely raped and murdered her, and is free now.

      My idea of how to get him back in prison is this: hold the opinion that he is psychologically inclined to go to where he put her body (as a means of control; he’s one of those types) once he is free, and if authorities were able to legally use covert gps on his car, they could follow that to find her remains and then he could be tried for murder (or abuse of a corpse if not). I don’t know if authorities did that, but I hope they did. He is a horrible child predator who needs to be locked up forever.

  4. . November 14, 2020 / 11:17 pm

    I agree, information about murders and certain other crimes can be very helpful toward understanding and processing information in many MP cases. The two hold an ever-present overlap that is sadly undeniable. To keep up with one, means keeping up with the other.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan November 15, 2020 / 8:12 pm

    MissingMysteries, I am familiar with the case. There have been several prosecutions around the country where the bodies have not been found. The FBI actually has training on that very subject.

    I agree with your thoughts. I assume the offender never had a previous record for this kind of activity. So, would he be the type to visit the burial site.

    One of my questions would be how far he could have driven, between when the girl disappeared and when he got home.

    I would have made a test drive a several times. Then drawn a 360 degree circle from the complex. Then we search in that area.

    This might be a wooded area, or other isolated area, perfect hiding a body.

    In Long Island. New York, an offender buried a body of a young woman in the backyard of a relative, where he had lived. I am sure he asked permission first.

    I have been researching the disappearance, rape and murder of Thersa Fusco in Lynbrook, New York in November 1984.

    Also, a Kelly Morrissey (15), a friend on Theresa disappeared in June 1984. She has not been found. She dated a John Kogut, hung out at Dennis Halsted’s residence, and had John Restivo’s name in her phone book. Those three were arrested and convicted of Theresa’s murder.

    They were exonerated by DNA. Also, the deceased lead investigator coerced an confession from Kogut. Also, he claimed they found Theresa’s hair in Restivo’s van. Well, the hairs came from here autopsy. Also, they showed signs of banding, which occurs after death.

    Also, another girl disappeared and was found raped and murdered several months after Theresa. She was found near the 17th hole of a golf course.

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