Erik Thomas Ruiz
Ruiz, approximately 2011
Date reported missing : 01/13/2011
Missing location (approx) :
Carbon Hill, Alabama
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9 - 5'11, 215 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black jacket and jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ruiz was last seen in Carbon Hill, Alabama on January 13, 2011. He saw his girlfriend that day and gave her money to put minutes on his cellular phone and buy things at the grocery store. He has never been heard from again.
Several days after his disappearance, two hunters found his phone in a wooded area in Marion County, Alabama. Other items belonging to him were found in Lamar County, Alabama.
It's uncharacteristic of Ruiz to leave without warning. His girlfriend was six months pregnant with his son at the time of his disappearance, and his family said he was excited about becoming a father.
Investigators stated they had a person of interest in his case, someone who dropped out of sight at the same time Ruiz did but was not reported missing. Foul play is suspected in Ruiz's disappearance, which remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Carbon Hill Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Alabama Department of Public Safety
WBRC Fox 6
The Daily Mountain Eagle
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