Robert Marcos Romero
Robert, approximately 2000; Age when reported missing: 25 (approximately 2018); Ronnie Romero; Evelyn Romero
Date reported missing : 06/07/2000
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 04/10/1993 (28)
Age at the time of disappearance: 7 years old
Height / Weight : 3'9 - 4'5, 50 - 80 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white t-shirt, jeans and black and white sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Robert has facial freckles. His nickname is Robbie. He got a buzz haircut one week prior to his disappearance.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Robert was last seen on June 7, 2000 at approximately 7:00 p.m. in his hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was walking to his friend's home in the 2900 block of Bellemah Drive at the time, which was three blocks from Robert's family's residence. He never arrived and has not been heard from again.
Robert's family attempted to locate him by themselves for several hours after he was last seen. They summoned law enforcement after eight hours.
Authorities searched Robert's family's residence, their vehicles and their yard and tested the family's couch in an attempt to uncover evidence relating to his case, but nothing was found. Authorities have said that they believe Robert knew his possible abductor(s) or that the individual(s) involved may have known him.
Police are still searching for a man they say was in the neighborhood the week of Robert's disappearance. The man was riding a bicycle and had long hair tinged with gray. Police believe he may be a witness to whatever happened to Robert, and they would like to question him. The individual has never been identified or located.
Robert's older brother, Ronnie Romero, failed three polygraph exams about his brother's case. A photograph of Ronnie is posted with this case summary. He was twenty-two years old at the time of Robert went missing.
Investigators felt he behaved oddly in the days following Robert's disappearance; he stayed in his room alone and slept late while the rest of the family participated in the search effort. He told police he had taken Robert to a park to play football on the morning of June 7, but authorities later proved he had been at a party late the night before and then slept all that morning.
Ten days after Robert's disappearance, a female acquaintance of Ronnie contacted the police and said he'd confessed to her that he'd caused Robert's death and hid the child's body. Ronnie allegedly said he had hidden his brother's body very well and no one would ever find it. The woman's story has not been verified.
About a month after Robert's disappearance, Ronnie was interviewed by police and asked them about the penalties for manslaughter. He asked how much time the perpetrator would get if Robert had been killed accidentally.
Five weeks after Robert went missing, Ronnie accused his girlfriend in Robert's case. He called 911 and said the girlfriend confessed to running Robert over with her car and putting the body in a dumpster. He demanded the police come and arrest his girlfriend. When authorities arrived at the residence, Ronnie's girlfriend was deep asleep. They woke her up and asked about the confession, and she said there had been no confession and she didn't know what they were talking about.
At the police station later, Ronnie related the alleged confession in detail: he identified the exact place where he said Robert had been hit, and even described his brother's injuries. Both parties agreed to take a polygraph, but Ronnie's girlfriend changed her mind, and Ronnie failed his test.
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