Gilberto Rene Gonzalez
Gonzalez, approximately 1996; Gonzalez's rings on his hands
Date reported missing : 01/20/1996
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2 - 5'3, 120 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Small hoop earrings, a small hoop nose ring, and possibly three rings: a signet ring on his left hand, and a band-type ring and a ring set with a stone on his right hand. Photos of the rings are posted with this case summary.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Gonzalez may have a mustache. His nickname is Beto. His ears and the left side of his nose are pierced. He has a raised, circular dime-sized vaccination scar on his right upper right arm, and a small scar on his right eyebrow.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gonzalez resided with his roommate and relative, Jose Chavez, in Tucson, Arizona in 1996. The men lived in an apartment in the 1800 block of Irvington Road. They were both employed at a clothing store on south Sixth Avenue at the time. They shared a vehicle the store's owner provided them.
Gonzalez and Chavez were last seen in Tucson on January 20, 1996. They were supposed to open the store the next day, but never arrived as expected. Their residence was checked and the door to their apartment was discovered unlocked. The keys were inside the home, and the vehicle the men used was parked nearby.
All of Gonzalez and Chavez's personal belongings had been left behind. There was no evidence of a struggle inside the apartment. They have never been heard from again and their cases remain unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Tucson Police Department
Pima County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Tucson Weekly
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October 12, 2004. October 8, 2019; height, weight and Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, name, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.