VA VA - Culpeper, 10 Hispanic teens 13-17, Jul'21 - Feb'22

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A few of these kids were mentioned as possible identities for a UID, so I dug a little deeper. Circumstances seem similar for all of them, so I can't help but wonder if they're all connected somehow.

Ingrid Ceferina Pana-Gualna, age 15, left "a residence" on July 5, 2021 The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Edwin Giovanni Morales Velasquez, age 17, "left residence" on October 31, 2021 and may be heading to Florida The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Ofelia Migdalia Gomez Perez, age 17, exact circumstances unknown but may have headed to Pennsylvania The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Alexander Perez Mendez, age 17, left "a residence" on December 3, 2021 The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Juan Carlos Ical Pop, age 17, left uncle's house on December 10, 2021 The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Nelson Chub Tzi, age 16, left uncle's house on December 13, 2021 The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Edgar Yovanny Ax Tun, age 17, "left residence" on December 18, 2021 The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Fredy Gustavo Xi Ical, age 13, left sponsor's residence February 7, 2022 The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Wendy Fabiola Matilde Cucul Caal, 17, left residence February 11, 2022 The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Fredy Alexander Rax Quib, 17, left cousin's house February 21, 2022 and may be heading to Alabama The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

Culpeper is a small town- about 20,000 people, and only 17% Hispanic, so having 10 missing Hispanic kids in less than a year seems concerning to me. All of them either left an unspecified residence or an uncle/cousin's house. Fredy Xi Ical mentions a "sponsor," so it seems likely that at least some of the kids are migrants.
The very best scenario is that we have 10 kids running away, but why did they run away? I just hope they're alive and doing well somewhere else and there's nothing more serious going on.
 

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Me too. I wonder if LE has connected these disappearances at all.

Also, based on last names, it seems like at least some of these kids are Guatemalan.
 

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i know that area had a lot of maratrucha problems in recent years. there were in fact latinx teens killed regarding this. but also if the area has a high latinx population it could just be normal teen stuff (teens are always in danger on these streets tho)
 

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i know that area had a lot of maratrucha problems in recent years. there were in fact latinx teens killed regarding this. but also if the area has a high latinx population it could just be normal teen stuff (teens are always in danger on these streets tho)
Oh, wow- I really hope that isn't the case here. Culpeper is only 17% Hispanic/Latin, so it seems oddly high... Tbh 10 teens of any race would be weird given how small Culpeper is, but the fact that they're all Hispanic, specifically Guatemalan, seems odd.
 

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How does this even happen in such a small town as Culpepper? and this is something which should be more heavily publicized for the missing and their families.
 

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The names sound Guatemalan/Mayan. A quick Google search isn't showing any news coverage on the disappearances, in fact I can't find anything other than their NamUs profiles.

Is there anything that can be done to get more publicity about these cases? Something sketchy is going on IMO, and I really hope all of these kids are okay.
 

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Also, in addition to these 10 there's another Guatemalan boy who went missing from Culpeper in 2018, 16 year old Everado Lopez Juarez. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
He apparently left a note behind and left with a bag full of his belongings, so there's some evidence he ran away voluntarily, but I feel like I should mention him on this thread too. Everado was staying with a "cousin", just like was mentioned with some of the other kids.
 
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Fredy Xi Ical's NamUs is down, so I assume he's been located. The other 9 still appear to be missing.
 

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There's now two more Guatemalan teens that went missing from Culpeper onSeptember 13. They both left a 'sponsor's' residence on the same day but there's no info on if they left together/were staying at the same place.
 

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3 more teens that went missing between July and September. Two of them were living with 'sponsors' and one was living with his aunt. So that's a total of 15 missing Guatemalan kids, 14 of which went missing within the past year and a half.
 

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A few years ago I took a look at the numbers on missing kids from various states and noticed that my state (Virginia) has one of the highest (it may have been THE highest) number of missing kids. Often, the missing VA kids are hard to track down, because they may not have pictures or full information included. It can be hard to figure out if the child was found, never found, or found and then went missing again.

There were hotspots in the state. DC Metro, which would include Culpepper, was one of those areas. If I remember correctly, the other big spots were Va Beach/Newport News and Richmond City.

I feel like I did notice a slight overrepresentation of black and hispanic children in the missing.
 

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A few years ago I took a look at the numbers on missing kids from various states and noticed that my state (Virginia) has one of the highest (it may have been THE highest) number of missing kids. Often, the missing VA kids are hard to track down, because they may not have pictures or full information included. It can be hard to figure out if the child was found, never found, or found and then went missing again.

There were hotspots in the state. DC Metro, which would include Culpepper, was one of those areas. If I remember correctly, the other big spots were Va Beach/Newport News and Richmond City.

I feel like I did notice a slight overrepresentation of black and hispanic children in the missing.
I'm not familiar with Virginia at all but it seems like in Culpeper, 100% of the missing persons cases involving people under 18 are of Hispanic kids, specifically Guatemalan. As I said previously, Culeper is only 17% Hispanic/Latin so this is a HUGE overrepresentation. And 14 missing kids within a year and a half is really concerning for a town as small as Culpeper (about 20k people).
 
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