Missing Ruben Humberto Herrera located 2020

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Missing Ruben Humberto Herrera

Left: Ruben, approximate date 1983;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (approximate date 2012)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: April 27, 1983 from El Paso, Texas

Type: Endangered Missing

Date of Birth: January 30, 1969 Age at disappearance: 14 years old

Height and weight : 4'8 - 4'10, 95 - 110 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ruben's nickname is Ru. He has a freckled complexion and his hair has a reddish tint.

Details of disappearance and psychic work by Brian Ladd (login to view entire case )


Ruben was last seen on April 7, 1983 in El Paso, Texas. He left home to walk to Eastwood Heights Elementary School and never arrived.
Later that day, someone called Ruben's family and demanded ransom money for the boy's safe return. They agreed to cooperate, but called the police instead. Ray Acosta, Ruben's stepfather's brother, was arrested when he went to pick up the ransom. Ruben wasn't with him at the time and Acosta told the police he was dead. He refused to say where the child's body was. Authorities believe it was he who placed the ransom call from a pay phone. He may have taken Ruben to Mexico in his silver and green 1977 Cadillac sedan.
Acosta was sentenced to 30 years in prison for kidnapping. He died in 2012, still incarcerated. Before his death, authorities interrogated him again and asked if anyone else was involved in the ransom plot. Acosta said his only role in the crime was to collect the ransom money. He didn't offer any more details and Ruben's family members, including his stepfather and his mother, were ruled out as suspects in his abduction.

Ruben's mother is dead, but his stepfather and his two sisters are still alive. Foul play is suspected in Ruben's disappearance, which remains unsolved.