Jeanette Gomez Espeleta
North American Missing Persons Network
Jeanette Gomez Espeleta

Above Images: Espeleta

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 17, 1998 from Fullerton, Orange County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 12, 1977
  • Age: 20
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 130 lbs
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White/Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Espeleta has scars above
    her right eye and on her forehead. She has had her breasts
    augmented with implants, which feature unique serial numbers.
  • Medical Conditions: Espeleta was eight months pregnant at
    the time of her July 1998 disappearance. Her due date was sometime
    during August 1998.
  • Case Number: 01-2417

  • 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.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fullerton Police Department
    (714) 738-6790

    Source Information
    CA DOJ