Ristovski, approximately 2011
Date reported missing : 03/09/2011
Missing location (approx) :
Lordsburg, New Mexico
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/12/1978 (42)
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9 - 5'11, 185 - 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt, black sweatpants and gray Converse sneakers.
Medical conditions : Ristovski was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia three years before his disappearance and needs medication which he doesn't have with him. He may be disoriented as a result of his condition.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ristovski shaves his head. He has a one-inch scar above his right eye. He is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Bosnia and moved to the United States in 1992.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ristovski was left his Los Angeles, California home on March 7, 2011. He was traveling on Interstate 10 near the Arizona and New Mexico state line when his white 1996 GMC Safari ran out of gas near milepost 384. He called his fiance on March 9 to ask for money, and this was the last time anyone heard from him.
Ristovski left the vehicle on foot. Searchers tracked his footprints for sixteen miles east into New Mexico, then lost the trail at Steins Pass just outside of Lordsburg, near the railroad tracks at milepost 3 on Interstate 10, sixteen miles from his vehicle. His cellular phone, wallet and water bottle were found eight miles north of milepost 388.
Ristovski's parents said he'd left home on several occasions after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but he was never gone more than a couple of days. He has a degree in business administration from California State University at Long Beach and worked as a floor technician at the time of his disappearance. He left an infant child behind in California.
Both California and New Mexico Police are investigating his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles, California Police Department
Lordsburg, New Mexico State Police Office
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Silver City Sun-News
The Arizona Range News
The Missing Persons Registry
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