North American Missing Persons Network
Jesus Merino-Mendoza

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Above Images: Merino-Mendoza, circa 2007 Right; AP to age 9

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 26, 2007 from Portland, Oregon
  • Classification: Parental Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: Feburary 4, 2004
  • Age: 3
  • Height: 3'0"-3'2"
  • Weight: 30-36 lbs
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: A faint V-shaped birthmark on his forehead.
    Short-cropped hair.
  • Clothing: A blue jersey style tank top, blue shorts and sandals.
  • AKA: Leyva

  • Details of Disappearance
    Jesus was abducted on July 26, 2007 by Jesus Leyva. A felony warrant was issued for the abductor on July 31, 2007. CAUTION IS ADVISED.

    Jesus Merino Mendoza was reported missing by his mother after the child's father, Jesus Merino Leyva took the child from her residence and did not return. Investigators believe the father, who has also been entered as missing, is mentally unstable, and poses an immediate threat to the child's safety. At the time the child was taken, there was a valid Multnomah County Restraining Order in place, prohibiting the father from having contact with either the mother or the child.

    Above Image: Jesus Leyva

  • Date Of Birth: December 25, 1969
  • Age: 37
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Currently, his hair is shorter than the photo and he is clean-shaven.
  • Nickname: Chu Cho

  • Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Portland Police Department (Oregon)
    Detective Mike Weinstein

    Source Information
    Portland Police Bureau 7/26/07
    Portland Police Bureau 7/27/07