National Hispanic Heritage Month: Javier Pimentel

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 Javier Pimentel, a 23-year-old man who disappeared from San Jose, California on October 20, 1997.

He was abducted near his home, and later that day his family got a ransom call. The caller never contacted them again, however, and Pimentel seems like a very unlikely candidate for a ransom kidnapping. He was an undocumented immigrant who had arrived in the U.S. only three months earlier, lived with relatives, and worked as a house cleaner.

My guess is that whoever took Pimentel, did it for entirely different reasons, perhaps due to something that happened back in his native Mexico. The ransom caller was probably an opportunist or a prankster.