North American Missing Persons Network
Ruben David Felix

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Above Images: Left: Felix, circa 1997;
Right: Age-progression to age 17, circa 2012

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 23, 1997 from Shoshone, Lincoln County, Idaho
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 18, 1994
  • Age: 2
  • Height: 2'6"
  • Weight: 32 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Sandy Blond
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White/Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Felix has a scar on his
    right wrist.
  • Clothing: A red sweatshirt, blue sweatpants with a stripe
    down the sides and brown hiking boots.
  • Case Number: 9703074
  • NCIC Number: M-006718925

  • Details of Disappearance
    Ruben's mother left for work 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 1997. She left him at a family gathering at a remote home along the Little Wood River, west of Shoshone, near the Lincoln County-Gooding County line. About 6:30 p.m., the family called his grandmother to say Ruben was gone. There was a frantic search, but the only clue was a tiny footprint in the ice along the river's edge. Some theorized Ruben fell into the river and drowned. Family members and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office did a massive search of the river and land near the house. No remains were ever found. From the beginning, family members suspected foul play. Dogs tracked the boy's scent 200 yards. The trail began at the house where he was playing and led to an out building, across a corrugated potato field, up an embankment, over railroad tracks, down through a small pasture into the river where a footprint was found. Search and rescue teams form Lincoln and Gooding counties and volunteer diving and dog teams from Twin Falls, Gooding, Lincoln and Minidoka counties spent all last week at the site where Felix is thought to have gone into the river. They dragged it five times; divers searched by feel, others from boats and still others searched by plane. All with no sign of the boy. His mother, Roseanna Mireles Ruben said, in a 2007, that someone claiming to be an FBI agent called her and said her son may have been kidnapped and sold.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Idaho State Police