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Ruben, circa 1983; Age progression forensics photo to age 43 (circa 2012); Raymond Acosta in 1983

Missing Since 04/27/1983

Missing From El Paso, Texas

Classification Non-Family Abduction

Sex Male

Race Hispanic

Date of Birth Used 01/30/1969 (52)

Age 14 years old

Height and Weight 4'8 - 4'10, 95 - 110 pounds

Clothing/Jewelry Description A blue t-shirt and blue jeans.

Ruben's maternal uncle, Miguel Zaragoza, lived in Juarez, Mexico in 1983. He ran a gasoline business and was wealthy. On the afternoon of Ruben's disappearance, a man called Zaragoza and said, in Spanish, "The boy is all right." He used nicknames that only someone close to the family would have known.

The caller demanded a $300,000 ransom for Ruben's safe return, and said that Zaragoza and one of his brothers were to deliver the money at 9:00 p.m. that same night to the Denny's restaurant in the 400 block of north Mesa Street in El Paso. Zaragoza went to the Denny's, but did not make contact with Ruben's abductor(s). The family contacted the police.

When FBI agents went to the location, they found Raymond Henry Acosta, Ruben's stepfather's brother, talking on the phone. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a bank larceny charge out of California. FBI agents arrested him, and when they searched the car he'd been driving, they found a map with instructions to leave the $300,000 ransom in a cement pipe at the Quail Hollow Shopping Center on north Mesa Street.

Ruben wasn't with him and Acosta told the police he was dead. Authorities believe it was he who placed the ransom call from a pay phone, and he may have taken Ruben to Mexico in his car, a silver and green or silver and black 1977 Cadillac Seville. He refused to say where the child's body was. and said he could not identify any co-conspirators, out of fear of retaliation against him or his family.

Ruben's mother stated that about two weeks prior to her son's disappearance, someone broke into her elderly mother's home and attempted to grab her. The abductor was scared away when his would-be victim's two grandsons started yelling, but left a chalked message behind reading: "Don't call police or I will kill her." Ruben's mother believes Acosta was responsible for this kidnapping attempt, but he was never charged.

Acosta died in 2012, still incarcerated. Before his death, authorities interrogated him again and about the identities of anyone 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 other family members, including his mother, his biological father and his stepfather, were ruled out as suspects in his abduction.

Fundación Papá por Siempre contacted an El Paso newspaper requesting assistance, and the person was put in touch with the El Paso Police Department. The South American individual's identity hasn't been verified and it isn't clear whether he is in fact who he says he is.

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.
Investigating Agency / Department

El Paso Police Department 915-564-7022

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