Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Ruben was last seen walking to Eastwood Heights Elementary School in El Paso, TX on April 27, 1983.
He may have traveled to Mexico with Ray Acosta in a silver and green 1977 Cadillac sedan.
The vehicle and Acosta have since been located but the child is still missing.
Ruben Herrera's step-uncle, Ray Acosta, was charged with kidnapping Ruben Herrera. He was tried in federal court and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Ray told the investigators that he was supposed to pick up the ransom for Ruben. Ray Acosta called from a pay phone asking for the ransom, and was arrested when the money was to be delivered. Ray Acosta also said that Ruben was dead, and when he was asked why he knew this, he answered, 'because he saw me.' He would not say what happened to Ruben's remains, and it was suspected that the boy was taken to Mexico. Ray died in prison of natural causes.
The FBI and police ruled out any involvement on the part of any other relatives in the 1983 abduction.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
El Paso Police Department
El Paso Times