02-10-2008, 02:10 AM #1Former Member
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Melvin Eduardo Turcios Cedillo (16) - Brownsville TX, 2005
Missing Since: June 17, 2005 from Brownsville, Texas
Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
Date of Birth: May 31, 1989
Age: 16 years old
Height and Weight: 4'10 - 5'0, 110 - 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic (Honduran) male. Black hair, brown eyes. Cedillo has a scar on the side of his face. He speaks only Spanish.
Details of Disappearance
Cedillo was last seen in Brownsville, Texas on June 17, 2005. He is from Honduras. His mother traveled to the United States to work when Cedillo was eleven years old, and settled in Virginia. She sent money home for her children, who lived with relatives, and began sending for the children one by one. Cedillo attempted to emigrate to the United States at age fifteen, but was caught at the border and returned to Honduras.
In June 2005, Cedillo attempted to travel to the U. S. again. He was traveling with some other migrant men. His younger sisters had been caught at the border, so his mother told him to try to cross over the desert. A few days later, one of the Honduran "coyotes," or human smugglers, called Cedillo's mother. The coyote stated they had crossed the border at Brownsville, Texas, but Cedillo was ill and they were leaving him behind there. Cedillo was allowed to speak to his mother and said he thought he was dying. She never heard from him again.
It is unclear what happened to Cedillo. The Texas/Mexico border is arid and very dangerous to cross without proper training and equipment; many migrants die every year trying to cross over. His disappearance remains unsolved; Texas police are investigating.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Brownsville Police Department
Texas Department of Public Safety
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