Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
14-year-old Gaby Gonzales vanished one April afternoon in 2002. Her mother last saw her daughter on April 5, 2002, when she dropped off Gabriela at Montgomery High School, where she was was a freshman. Her mother found a note saying, "I love you mom, I’m heading out". She hasn’t seen her since. The teen had a good relationship with her family and was never considered a runaway.
Investigators later learned that the teen went off to Chula Vista with her 19-year-old boyfriend, Juan Jose Vera, a gang member. The next year, police had evidence that Gabriela had been murdered and buried in Otay River bed within the Chula Vista city limits. Chula Vista police took on the case and in 2005 made an extensive search in the river bed, but turned up nothing.
Vera was regarded a “person of interest” in the case, but never charged. He was arrested in 2003 for six bank robberies and was sent to prison.
The FBI was brought into the case recently as a result of the new investigative leads. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Chula Vista Police Department
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