Bonifacio Miguel Pena
Bonifacio, approximately 2018
Date reported missing : 05/19/2018
Missing location (approx) :
PortAge at the time of disappearance: , Michigan
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/09/2000 (20)
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8 - 5'11, 180 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue acid-washed denim jacket with a hood and ripped sleeves, black stretch pants and red sneakers. Carrying a black Nike bag with a drawstring closure.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Bonifacio's nickname is Facio.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Bonifacio was last seen in PortAge at the time of disappearance: , Michigan on May 19, 2018. He was staying with a woman and a friend, Nicholas Johnson. On the day of his disappearance, the woman gave both of them bandanas and Bonifacio and Nicholas left the residence together on foot.
Later that day, Nicholas returned to the woman's home alone, and said Bonifacio had gotten into a car with unidentified friends. He had Bonifacio's bandana and was acting extremely anxious. Bonifacio has never been heard from again. After his disappearance, Nicholas tried to claim his belongings, and the woman had to act secretly to return them to Bonifacio's mother.
In February 2021, Nicholas's parents, Gary and Laura Johnson, disappeared from their PortAge at the time of disappearance: residence. When police went to their home to do a welfare check, they found signs of violence inside it. Several days later, their bodies were found in a state game area; they'd been murdered. Nicholas was arrested on outstanding warrants in the days after his parents went missing. He had a history of violence towards them, and after their bodies were found, he was charged with their murders. Authorities stated he was a person of interest in Bonifacio's disappearance as well. He has not faced charges in Bonifacio's case, however.
It's uncharacteristic of Bonifacio to leave without warning, and investigators believe he may be deceased. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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