Richard Elias Rodriguez
Rodriguez, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 10/10/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 160 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Rodriguez's nickname is Ricky. He has the name "Eileen" tattooed on the left side of his chest and his last name "Rodriguez" tattooed on his back. He has a small chicken pox scar above his left eye and a scar on his chest. His top teeth are slightly crooked.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Rodriguez was last heard from when he called his mother at 11:00 p.m. on October 10, 1997, in Phoenix, Arizona. He told her a friend was coming to see him, and he would go to visit her. He has never been heard from again. Foul play is suspected in Rodriguez's disappearance.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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