National Hispanic Heritage Month: Ines Paredes

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 Ines Paredes, a 33-year-old woman who disappeared on March 26, 2009.

There isn’t a whole lot of information available. She boarded a bus in Houston, en route to her home in Mexico, but just where in Mexico isn’t said. It would have been a long trip, as Houston is halfway across the state from the nearest border crossing. She apparently never arrived at her destination.

I’m not sure whether the border authorities keep a record of exactly who crosses where, and how the situation is handled with things like a bus. Because the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Ines’s case, I would guess they think she never made as far as Mexico.

It’s noted that Ines may be driving a yellow 1999 Ford pickup with Texas plates. I don’t know how the vehicle is associated with her, since she is supposed to have left in a bus. A lot of unanswered questions here.

If still alive, Ines Paredes would be 44 now.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Kenneth Greth

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 Kenneth Adrian Greth, who disappeared from Grants Pass, Oregon on July 8, 2002, at the age of 26.

Eight years later, his car was found at the bottom of a steep ravine. No word on how long they think it had been there.

Foul play is suspected in his case, and there may be a drug connection — Greth’s father thinks he may have had a problem with meth. I haven’t found any news on this in a long time.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Abraham Ramirez

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 Abraham Jonathan Ramirez, who disappeared from Jackson, Mississippi on September 5, 2009, at the age of 21. He was a (legal) immigrant from Mexico and worked at a construction company.

Ramirez had a night out with friends at a club, and encountered his girlfriend there at 3:30 a.m., and they argued. I don’t know what the argument was about; perhaps one or the other wasn’t supposed to be out partying, or perhaps the girlfriend saw Ramirez with another woman, or he saw her with another man.

After the argument, Ramirez left the club and disappeared. His truck was later found a mile away, wrecked, on the roadside. Shortly after his disappearance, his girlfriend took their baby and moved away, and the police don’t know where they are now; they might be in Mexico.

Foul play is suspected in Ramirez’s case.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Petrita Harris

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 Petrita Sista Harris, nicknamed Pat, a 60-year-old woman who disappeared from Magnolia, Arkansas on June 30, 2000.

A neighbor reported Harris missing, which is unusual — usually a relative does that. Perhaps she had no relatives. The neighbor didn’t file the report until July 10. When the police went to Harris’s home, they found the TV on and the kitchen door open — indications that Harris did not leave voluntarily, or if she did, she didn’t intend to be gone long.

I haven’t been able to find much news about this disappearance. If Harris is still alive, she’d be 79 today.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Nina Herron

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 Nina Brenda Herron, who disappeared from Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 14, 2005. She was 21 years old.

Nina is one of MANY women missing from Albuquerque. Eleven victims between the ages of fifteen and thirty-two (and one fetus) were found in a mass grave in the desert on the West Mesa; those murders remain unsolved. Many of other women remain missing, however, and it’s unclear whether their disappearances are tied to the West Mesa murders.

If still alive, Nina would now be 35.

At last! Dawan Ferguson charged with murder

Christian Ferguson, a severely disabled nine-year-old who could not speak, swallow, or toilet, disappeared in 2003. His father, Dawan, claimed he was abducted from the car when Dawan stopped to use the phone, but for years all the evidence has indicated that Dawan deliberately allowed Christian to die of his illness, a rare disorder called citrullinemia.

I had long wondered why Dawan had not been charged in the case, since even the cops were openly saying basically “yeah, he medically neglected him to death, on purpose.” Well, it’s finally happened. Dawan has been charged with murder. No word on if there’s any new evidence, or if the district attorney’s office just decided to go with what they had.

I am really hoping that Christian didn’t have much awareness, and that he didn’t feel much suffering when his father allowed him to die slowly for months before he disappeared.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Rosio Beltran

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 Rosio Monica Beltran, a 26-year-old who disappeared from North Richland Hills, Texas on September 9, 2000.

All indications are Beltran was the victim of a homicide. She met a man, Mario Pietro, at a nightclub and went back to his place, and neighbors heard the sounds of fighting and screaming. Later, Beltran’s blood was found at Pietro’s residence.

Unfortunately, the prime suspect is dead; Pietro stole a car and took off, and two days later, after a confrontation with police, they shot him dead when he pointed a gun at them. It turned out to be a BB gun.

Rosio Beltran was from Peru and was in the US working as an au pair and learning English. She planned to return to Peru and become a teacher, but that never happened.

She would be 45 today.