Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Espeleta was last seen leaving work at the Bank Of America branch in Fullerton, California on July 17, 1998. She apparently told her co-workers that she planned to head directly home afterwards. Espeleta never arrived home as scheduled. She was about to move in with her Moreno Valley family when she disappeared.
Richard Tovar the former boyfriend of Espeleta and presumed father of her unborn child was convicted of her murder in September 2000. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in November 2000. He apparently disposed of her body off of the Long Beach, California shoreline because she was pregnant with his child and he did not want to pay child support. Her body was never recovered.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Fullerton Police Department