Pimentel, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 10/20/1997
Missing location (approx) :
San Jose, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/09/1974 (46)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 175 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Pimentel has a tattoo of the initials "EYJ" on one of his hands. He may have a mustache and goatee.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Pimentel was abducted near his home in the Berryessa neighborhood of San Jose, California on October 20, 1997. At 5:00 p.m. that day, his family received a ransom call; the caller demanded money for Pimentel's safe return. The individual did not contact the family again, however, and has never been identified.
Pimentel is a native of Mexico and entered the United States illegally three months prior to his disappearance. At the time of his abduction, he was a self-employed house cleaner and lived with relatives in the 3200 block of Rockport Avenue.
Authorities do not know why Pimentel would have been targeted for a ransom kidnapping; he and his family are not wealthy. Foul play is suspected in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
San Jose Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The San Jose Mercury News
October 12, 2004. August 4, 2006; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.