North American Missing Persons Network
Nicholas Andrew Plaza

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Above Images: Plaza
Bottom Right: Ap to age 18 (2014)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 23, 2001 from San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 26, 1996
  • Age: 5
  • Height: 3'1"-3'6"
  • Weight: 30-40 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White/Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: He has a light brown birth
    mark straight down under his belly button and has silver caps
    on his front teeth.
  • AKA: "Nicky"
  • Case Number: 01-782600; NCMC924586

  • Details of Disappearance
    At the time of his disappearance, Nicholas was in the care of his mother, Priscilla Plaza and Priscilla's boyfriend, Ruben Zavala Jr. Nicholas and his mother had recently moved into a home in the 100 block of Rock Valley with Zavala and his family.

    Nicholas's health appeared to be deteriorating over a period of time and he was in need of medical attention. In a television interview, Zavala revealed to a reporter that Nicholas was deceased. Nicholas was last seen alive on October 23, 2001.

    Nicholas disappeared in October 2001 after reportedly suffering torture and sexual abuse. His mother reported him missing in November 2001. Details of cuts, blisters and other marks, along with the mother's claims that the boy had suffered sexual abuse, emerged in a 2005 affidavit.

    In October 2006, a grand jury indicted Ruben Zavala Jr. on a charge of murder "by manner and means unknown" in connection with the disappearance of Nicholas Plaza. They have also indicted Priscilla on a charge of injury to a child by omission.

    Zavala reportedly told investigators he had left Nicholas' body in a Dumpster after he found him not breathing.

    Ruben Zavala was found guilty of injury to child and sentenced to 67 years in prison.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Antonio Police Department
    Missing Persons Office
    (210) 207-7662
    (800) 233-7867

    Source Information
    San Antonio Police Department
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    Heidi Search Center
    The Express-News