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 Ira Jack Josytewa, a biracial Native American and Hispanic 21-year-old who disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona on August 28, 2001.
Frankly, I don’t think whatever happened to Ira was anything good. His car turned up abandoned with all the doors open and his stuff inside. He never picked up his last paycheck. His family, which includes two children, haven’t heard from him in seventeen years.
If he’s still alive, he’d be 39 today.
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 Karen Rosalba Grajeda, a 7-year-old girl who disappeared from Tucson, Arizona on January 11, 1996.
She was roller-skating with her sister and some other children in the courtyard of her apartment complex when she left to drop her roller skates back off home. It’s not clear whether she ever arrived at her house, but by the time Karen’s mom called the girls in for dinner, Karen was nowhere to be found.
She is believed to have been kidnapped by a non-relative, and some suspects have been named, but no charges were ever filed against anyone. There’s speculation, as noted in her casefile, that Karen’s abduction is connected to the unsolved rape and murder of six-year-old Esther Lizette Galaz. Certainly the cases are very similar, but until Lizette’s murder is solved or Karen is found, any speculation has to remain only that.
I wonder how thoroughly the other residents in the complex (which had over 400 apartments) were checked. In March 1996, Albert Aguilar Ramirez, a resident of the complex who had a criminal for sexual abuse, murdered his elderly neighbor. The cops said they had “no reason to believe” Ramirez was involved in Karen’s disappearance, though. A fellow resident with a history of child molestation would be an obvious suspect in Karen’s case, and my guess is the police had investigated him and ruled him out earlier, right after Karen’s abduction and before he killed the neighbor.
I highly doubt Karen is still alive. There are so many places to hide a body in the desert.
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 actually two cases, cause the people disappeared together: Rosario Imelda Pacheco-Flores, age 28, and her boyfriend Luis Fernando Castillo Villafana, 30, who disappeared from Phoenix on April 7, 2008.
Foul play is suspected in both cases, but unfortunately I don’t know much about the circumstances of Luis and Rosario’s disappearance.
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 two men who disappeared together: Gilberto Gonzales, 23, and his relative, coworker and roommate Jose D. Jesus Chavez, 19. They were last seen in Tucson, Arizona on January 20, 1996.
I don’t have that much on these disappearances; they seem to have vanished into thin air, leaving all their things behind.
From what information I have (which isn’t very much), the disappearance of Brian Lee Drew is pretty puzzling. He went missing three years ago from his home in Tucson, Arizona.
Drew’s NamUs page makes it look like he could have left of his own accord; he “mentioned going to Mexico to help feed the hungry.” But if he did, he left his vehicle and most of his stuff behind. I don’t know how he would have gotten to Mexico without those things.
If he did indeed cross the border there should be a record of that. NamUs said his wallet disappeared with him, but what about his passport? He should have needed one to cross the border — although I’m aware that American border officials are much more concerned about keeping people out than keeping people in.
His Facebook page is puzzling. In one of his last posts, less than a week before he went missing, he writes:
I don’t know if he really was at risk or if he was just paranoid.
As is often the case, his Facebook was a rich source of photos of him, and photos of his tattoos as well. He had a bunch of them.
I hope he is alive and well and decides to contact his family soon.
You’ll recall that last year (almost exactly one year ago, July 28), I got an NCMEC notice that Aleacia Stancil had been found alive. No details. I had blogged about the case in 2009.
Well, almost a full year later there is finally news about it! See this: Missing Phoenix girl found alive nearly 24 years later.
It is about what I expected. I’m sorry Aleacia’s life has not been a happy one, though she might still be better off than she would have been if raised by her biological mother. I hope she has a happier existence going forward and can at least get ID now.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Nachida Keota Chandara, a fifteen-year-old girl of Laotian descent who disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona on March 14, 2007.
Nachida is classified as a runaway and is known to have been in Detroit, a full two thousand miles away, two months after she disappeared. She has been known to use several alias names, and some of the photos I’ve got for her look like mugshots. It sounds like she is or was being trafficked.
Some of the internet sleuths thought Nachida might be Fond du Lac Jane Doe, a young woman who was found dead in Wisconsin in November 2008. They were mistaken, but the speculation did cause one person to blog about her case.