North American Missing Persons Network
Zoila Mariza Salcedo

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Above: Salcedo, circa 2003

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 16, 2003 from Houston, Texas
  • Classification: Involuntary
  • Date Of Birth: June 28, 1976
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height: 5'5, 1.68.mts
  • Weight: 130 lbs
  • Hair Color: Light brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Olive complexion. Some agencies refer to her as Mariza Salcedo, omitting her first name.
  • Case Number: 364/EXT/2004

    Details of Disappearance
    Salcedo was last seen departing her apartment in the 1580 block of Hollister Street in Houston, Texas, on May 16, 2003. She was accompanied by 43-year-old Arturo Velazquez-Celon at the time. A photograph of Velazquez-Colon is posted below this case summary. Salcedo said she was going to take him to an eye doctor in either Houston or Austin, Texas. They drove away in Salcedo's green Ford Explorer. The last contact Salcedo's family had with her was between noon and 12:30 p.m. that same day.
    On May 21, five days after she was last seen, Salcedo's car was found in the 7200 block of Pinemont Street, at the apartment complex where Velazquez-Celon lived at the time. There was no sign of the whereabouts of either of them at the scene, but evidence of a struggle and blood matching Salcedo's DNA was found in Velazquez-Celon's apartment.
    On June 6, Salcedo's case was reclassified as a homicide due to the suspicious circumstances in her case, and Velazquez-Celon was charged with her murder. He apparently purchased a bus ticket to San Luis, Mexico just hours after her disappearance and may still be in that country. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

    Above: Arturo Velazquez-Celon

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Houston Police Department

    Source Information
    Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team
    Houston Police Online