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    CA - Rodney Texera, 41, Berkeley, 1 Dec 2005

    BERKELEY -- When Rodney Texera didn't show up for Christmas in 2005, his mother really started worrying.

    The 41-year-old Berkeley resident, who is deaf, disappeared a couple of weeks before the holidays after going to Oroville.

    He is just one of 50,930 missing adults on file with the FBI, but to his mom, he's the one and only.

    "We thought he would show up at Christmas Eve, and then on Christmas Day; he didn't show up and that's when I knew something was wrong," his mother, Pamela Creech, said Friday.

    The last communication she had from him was an e-mail.

    On Friday, Creech choked back tears at a news conference in Berkeley and pleaded for anyone with information on Texera to call police. During the news conference, a $5,000 reward was announced by the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation for information that leads to finding him.

    The case, investigated by Berkeley police in Oroville, is now cold, said Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.

    Kusmiss said Texera, who lived in a one-bedroom public housing unit on University Avenue, had gone to Oroville with another deaf friend to help with a move. The two got into an argument, she said, and Texera picked up his backpack and walked toward a grove of trees. No one has seen or heard from him since.

    Police to this day have not conducted a search of the area for his body because they don't suspect foul play, Kusmiss said.

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_6779861?source=rss

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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: December 1, 2005 from Berkeley, California


    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Date of Birth: August 21, 1965

    Age: 40 years old

    Height and Weight: 5'3, 150 pounds

    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Hazel eyes. Texera is bald. He wears a reddish-brown moustache. His nickname is Rod.

    Medical Conditions: Texera is developmentally disabled and has been deaf since birth. His speech is limited and he relies on sign language to communicate. He also has an untreated heart condition. Texera is classified as a dependent adult.


    Details of Disappearance
    Texera last had contact with his family members via email on December 1, 2005. He was living in UA Homes, a public housing unit for disabled adults, in the 1000 block of University Avenue in Berkeley, California. He told his relatives he was going to Oroville, California to help a friend move. Texera has never been heard from again. He was reported missing by his mother on December 21, three weeks after his disappearance, after his caseworker notified her that Texera had not started his new janitorial job. The friend Texera was supposed to help move has not been identified. His family believes he met with foul play, as they do not believe he would have abandoned his girlfriend or his young daughter.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Berkeley Police Department
    510-981-5938
    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Berkeley Police Department
    CBS 5
    Bay Area News


    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ra_rodney.html

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