National Hispanic Heritage Month: Diana Gonzalez

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 Diana Isabel Gonzalez, a fifteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Raeford, North Carolina on October 15, 2005.

Her case is classified as a non-family abduction; she left, apparently voluntarily, with a 29-year-old man, Jose Barrera-Pacheco, who was a friend of her family. Barrera-Pacheco called her parents to say he was in love with her and they would never see her again. Barrera-Pacheco has a warrant out for kidnapping. They may be in Mexico or California.

If still alive, Diana would be 28 years old by now. She’s probably got a couple of kids. It’s strange that in all these years she’s NEVER reached out to her family. I think social media may be a good way to solve this case; Diana may have social media profiles, even if they’re not under her real name.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: David Arrieta

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 David Sosa Arrieta, who disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona on October 7, 2001, at the age of thirty. His car was found abandoned a few days later.

Although foul play is suspected in Arrieta’s disappearance, I can’t find any articles about his case. I did find a few possible mentions of him from prior to his disappearance. In the Arizona Republic I did find mentions of a baby born in 1999 to David and Antoinette Arrieta, of Apache Junction; this David might be the same man who disappeared two years later.

David Arrieta has four distinctive tattoos, of which I have photos. It looks like the pics were taken before any of the tattoos were completed, so they might look different now.

If still alive, today he’d be 48 years old.

MP of the week: Brenda Jackson

This week’s featured missing person is 32-year-old Brenda Maria Jackson, a woman who disappeared from Park Forest, Illinois on January 3, 2016. Her mom spoke to her on the phone that evening and Brenda said she was home alone. She was reported missing after she didn’t show up for her early morning shift at work.

I wonder if Jackson’s husband is a suspect in her disappearance. There was a history of domestic violence between them apparently. I haven’t been able to find out anything about him.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Marisela Pino

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 Marisela Pino, who also may use the surname Pino-Vasquez or Vasquez-Pino. Marisela was eleven years old when she disappeared from Waterbury, Connecticut on March 20, 1993. She was last seen in the vicinity of a Nash’s Pizza & Groceries. The business, it seems, no longer exists, at least not under that name.

I found Cherry Street on Google Earth satellite view, but I don’t really know how to use Google Earth and I can’t figure out to access street view. Today, anyway, it appears to be in a working-class residential neighborhood. It may have appeared much different in 1993.

It bothers me that there is almost no information available on this case. Until recent years it wasn’t even listed with the NCMEC. I mean, this is a little girl, and it looks like this could well have been an abduction. By contrast, the unsolved disappearance of ten-year-old Bianca Lebron, a Hispanic child who went missing from Bridgeport, Connecticut eight years later, received a lot of media attention.

Does Marisela have a family? Do they still live in Connecticut? Perhaps there was a language barrier and that was a problem when her case came to getting the press attention it deserved?

Marisela has a possible scar on her left ankle, and a possible burn scar (described as “duck-shaped”) on her chest or abdomen. She was last seen wearing a black and gray jacket, a green and white shirt, jeans or a green denim skirt, white socks and blue shoes. If she is still alive today, she’d be 38 this month.

That’s all I know.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Trinidad Alcantar

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 Trinidad Alcantar, a 55-year-old man who disappeared from Las Cruces, New Mexico on February 2, 2007. He had an unspecified mental condition requiring medication, which he didn’t take when he left.

Alcantar’s wife thought he might be having an affair with another woman. Police talked to the alleged mistress, who admitted she knew him and claimed he’d been abused by his family. She said she didn’t know where he was but thought maybe Mexico. Alcantar’s relatives suggested Deming, a town sixty miles west of Las Cruces, as a possible new residence for him.

I don’t think he was in Deming. It’s not a big town, and the cops weren’t able to locate him there. In 2016, nine years after his disappearance, the police put out an appeal to find him, but it was fruitless. He’s still listed as missing.

All accounts indicate Alcantar left on his own and doesn’t seem to want to return. It would be nice if he could be taken off the missing persons register, though, and the police can only do that when they find him. If he wants to get in touch with the cops, by law they’re not allowed to tell anyone his whereabouts.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Carmen Gonzalez

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 Carmen Marta Gonzalez, a 37-year-old woman who disappeared from Santa Fe, New Mexico, a popular tourist town, on New Years’ Eve, 2000.

She checked into a Day’s Inn, intending to stay one night, but never checked out and was never seen again. Her van (which she was supposed to return to the rental company on December 30) turned up in “a snow-filled canyon” in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, which is a range in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

As far as I can determine, the spot where the van was found isn’t too far from Santa Fe. Just what Carmen was doing in Santa Fe is unclear; it’s possible she planned to spend the New Year there, or she may have been thinking of moving to the area. She’s originally from Puerto Rico and worked as a nurse at a hospital on the on the Zuni Indian Reservation.

MP of the week: Catalino Gomez

This week’s missing person is Catalino Gomez, a 54-year-old Hispanic man who disappeared from Orlando, Florida on June 3, 1994.

He was visiting relatives in Florida and someone accused him of molesting a ten-year-old girl. Afterwards, Gomez ran away without any of his belongings and was never seen or heard from again.

There’s a theory that he returned to Puerto Rico, where he’s from, and chose not to resurface because of the sex abuse allegation, but I’m not sure. As far as I know, there’s no warrants out for his arrest. Plus, how is he going to get to Puerto Rico? You would need to get on a ship or (probably) a plane, and would need money to buy a ticket and also probably identification, and he didn’t have those. I wonder if the possibility of suicide was investigated.

If he is indeed still alive and had gone into hiding in Puerto Rico, I highly doubt he’s going to reappear after 25 years. Given his age now (79) it’s possible he’s deceased.