National Hispanic Heritage Month: Mauricio Ortiz

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 isĀ Mauricio Alfonso Ortiz, a 47-year-old who was last seen at his workplace, a bar in Corpus Christi, Texas on October 7, 2006.

I’m a bit confused by what happened there: although Ortiz is said to be a reliable worker, when he dropped out of sight it appears no one raised the alarm for a solid MONTH. His family apparently had no idea he was missing until November 8, when Ortiz’s landlord got in touch and asked them to clean out his apartment.

Perhaps Ortiz had a vacation coming, or perhaps he hadn’t worked at the bar for very long, and that’s why his boss and co-workers were unconcerned when he suddenly stopped showing up.

His car was found across the street from the courthouse on November 18, with “unspecified indications of foul play” inside it. Strangely, the car had been only parked there for about two weeks, leaving a time gap of about three weeks when it was unaccounted for; where was the car during that time period?

Lots of pieces missing here. Does anyone know whether Ortiz made it back to his apartment on October 15 after his shift? What did his apartment look like, were those “indications of foul play” present there as well?