Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Jose was last seen on December 7, 1993, in the vicinity of San Diego, California. He was crossing the border with his siblings to join his mother in USA. Jose, with his two teenage brothers, a sister and an aunt, had reached the United States border after a month-long journey of more than 2,000 miles from El Salvador.
Jose was separated from his family in the group's scramble to breach the fence and dash to the American side of a two-way road guarded by the U.S. Border Patrol. They were somewhere near San Ysidro in San Diego County but nobody, not even the authorities, knows exactly where.
Paid smugglers, or "coyotes," who shepherded Jose's family to the United States, brought them to a "safe house" in California. A search team went back to look for Jose, but without success.
Jose did not know his birth date or last name. He may not have even known his given first name. He was from a small village and never went to school.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
San Diego Police Department