North American Missing Persons Network
Esau Antonio Castaneda Vargas

Above Image: Castaneda Vargas, circa 2009

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 15, 2009 from Lukeville, Pima County, Arizona
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date Of Birth: n/a
  • Age: 20
  • Height: 5'4"-5'6"; (64"-66")
  • Weight: 160-175 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Large scar on knee, one scar on foot,
    mole on his lower leg.
  • Medical Conditions: Healed fracture on one leg (when he was 8 years old).
  • Clothing: Gray pants, "Dickies" (size 34-36); blue, black, and white
    striped shirt, black (possibly white) baseball
    hat that had "LA" printed on the front, homemade rope belt. White shoes, "Adidas"
    brand with black stripes (size 9).
  • Jewelry: Red bracelet. May have carried a prayer card for Malverde.
  • AKA: Agustin Sanchez Nava
  • Case Number: FSC MPR 890; NamUs MP # 16254

  • Details of Disappearance
    Esau was crossing with friends who came back and told his girlfriend what happened. They said he got tired and overheated and
    couldn't continue. They said he was left at a place called "cerro de las chichis," which was 5 hours before the intersection of
    I-8 and a highway that led to Maricopa (possibly near Gila Bend). Someone went back for him, and apparently this person died in
    the desert from diabetes. Esau may have been using the alias, "Agustin Sanchez Nava." There is a chance that he could have been left
    behind as late as the 24th of June.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Missing Migrant Project
    MP Coordinator Robin Reineke
    (520) 243-8644

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