Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Berumen was last seen at 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 2002, at the Amazons nightclub in the vicinity of 7th Street and Indian School in Phoenix, Arizona. His truck was later located abandoned at the Amazon Nightclub.
In October 2004, police charged two Phoenix men, Patrick Steven Herring and Oliver Michael Pimental, with killing Berumen. They believe he was shot to death in an apartment in the 900 block of east Devonshire Avenue in Phoenix. Authorities found evidence of a homicide inside the apartment, including a bathtub that had to be replaced because of gunshot damage. A third man, Richard James Skaggs, was charged with stealing Berumen's car and credit card after his death and is also a suspect in Berumen's murder.
Skaggs was found guilty of the thefts in February 2004 and was sentenced to 46 years in prison; he has never been charged in connection with Berumen's presumed homicide. Herring pleaded guilty to manslaughter in October 2004.
Berumen was employed as a computer engineer for a Phoenix insurance company at the time of his disappearance. He graduated from Indio High School in California before moving to Arizona. His remains have not been found. It is possible Berumen's body was placed in a dumpster and then transferred to a landfill.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Phoenix Police Department
The Charley Project