CA CA - Patrick 'Shawn' Betz, 11, Upland, 20 January 1988

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  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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    Missing Since: January 20, 1988 from Upland, California
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: June 21, 1976
    Age: 11 years old
    Height and Weight: 4'7, 90 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Betz has a skin discoloration on his lower left jawbone, near his chin. He goes by his middle name, Shawn.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray shirt, gray pants and white shoes.

    Details of Disappearance

    Betz disappeared from his hometown of Upland, California on January 20, 1988. He told his mother that he was going with a friend to a basketball game at Upland High School. There was a basketball game that evening, but it was being played in Chino, California, not in Upland.

    Betz and his friend went to The Pizza Chalet on Foothill Boulevard and Euclid Avenue in Upland at 9:00 p.m. They had visited the establishment earlier that day as well. He and his friend played video games there and then Betz left to walk home. A witness saw him leave with an unidentified adolescent male. Betz's parents waited up all night for him to come home. They reported him missing early the next morning.

    The Pizza Chalet moved to another location after Betz's disappearance. His case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Upland Police Department

    909-946-7624
     
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    Posting for comments - thanks
     

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  4. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    The ears are wrong for the older UID found in Florida, I think. Shawn does look a lot like the child with the tape on his mouth, except that child looks younger than 11 to me.

    Distrubing pictures, but necessary. Who is Tara Calico?

    Salem
     
  5. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    What the heck is that picture of the child with the taped mouth from? How horrifying.
     
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    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    I looked it up on the web and I was horrified. It is seriously one of the worst cases for me, on Websleuths. To actually see children suffering like that is not something I can stomach. I just don't see how the case has not been solved yet. Horrible.
     
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    I have to agree the boy with the tape on his mouth looks younger then 11 to me.

    Is there anything new on this case?
     
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    batz New Member

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    Bumping for Patrick.
     
  10. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Bumping for Patrick.

    I can't find anything recent for this case. It's like the investigation just stalled out after the night he disappeared.
     
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    I can't find hardly anything for this case online! He was featured in the Soul Asylum video for Runaway Train.
     
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    2017 bump for Shawn.

    We moved to Upland two years after this crime happened. I'm familiar with the shopping center where he was last seen. It's difficult for me to comprehend the apparent lack of leads. In the late-1980 the population of Upland was probably 65,000+. I always assumed that since he was going to Upland HS for a basketball game, that it was a Friday night but when I double-checked it was actually a Wednesday night. Wednesday at 9:00PM at UHS would not be anywhere near as busy as a Friday. The center where Pizza Chalet used to be is about a 1/2 block east from UHS. It has been a little sketchy as long as I can remember - low lighting, people regularly hit you up in the parking lot for money, that kind of thing. However, regardless of what direction you walk there would have been plenty of traffic on either Euclid avenue or Foothill Blvd (route 66), either direction.

    It's odd to me that the friend he was with at Pizza Chalet saw him walk away with an unknown older person without recognizing him, finding out more info or even getting a good look. If a composite exists, I've never seen it. I'm guessing it was getting late, they were both bored and neither really wanted to go home. If someone new entered the picture I'd probably want to see what was going on before letting them both bail on me.

    I feel really bad for the family. I think they lived just down the street from where we are now. Unless police are holding back and I don't know why they would after 3 decades, this case is puzzling for the void of information.
     

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