Valdez, approximately 2003
Date reported missing : 04/29/2003
Missing location (approx) :
Van Horn, Texas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/02/1974 (46)
Age at the time of disappearance: 28 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 155 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white shirt, black jeans, a baseball cap and black Nike Air Sole sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Valdez has a small scar on the bridge of his nose and small scars on his right bicep.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Valdez was last seen as he was leaving Gilbert's Lounge in the vicinity of the 300 block of east Broadway in Van Horn, Texas, at 2:00 a.m. on April 29, 2003. He has never been heard from again.
His red Chevrolet pickup truck was found abandoned that same day, in an open lot near the intersection of Mesquite Street and FrontAge at the time of disappearance: Road, along Interstate 10 in Van Horn. This was a few minutes' walking distance from the bar where he was last seen.
A witness reported seeing Valdez in a fight with four other men the night he disappeared, near where his truck was found. Authorities were able to identify all of the men, but three of them have since died. The fourth is in a Mexican prison. He's considered a fugitive from American justice; he fled to Mexico after he was convicted of child molestation charges in the United States and sentenced to 189 years in prison.
Valdez frequented the Juarez, Mexico area in 2003. He worked at a truck stop. Foul play is possible in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
Culberson County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Texas Department of Public Safety
The El Paso Times
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The Van Horn Advocate
October 12, 2004. September 3, 2015; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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