Cheryl Lynn Vasquez

Vasquez, circa 1987; David Wood

  • Missing Since 06/28/1987
  • Missing From El Paso, Texas
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 03/03/1968 (51)
  • Age 19 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'6 - 5'9, 110 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white t-shirt imprinted with a design of cartoon characters, new jeans and possibly white slip-on sandals or high-top sneakers.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Vasquez's ears are pierced. She may use the last names Dismukes and/or Vasquez-Dismukes.

Details of Disappearance

Vasquez was last seen at 9:22 p.m. on June 28, 1987 in El Paso, Texas. She was at the Circle K Store in the 10600 block of McCombs Street at the time of her disappearance. She had gone there to buy cigarettes for a friend and was last seen talking to an acquaintance, David Leonard Wood, in the store parking lot. Vasquez has never been heard from again.

That same year, several other females disappeared from El Paso, and most of them were later found murdered and buried in the desert. The victims were all small, slender young women in their teens and early twenties. Vasquez and two other females, Melissa Alaniz and Marjorie Knox, are still missing.

Wood is a serial rapist who was paroled in January 1987, was later convicted of murdering six of the El Paso victims, though he maintains his innocence to this day. He was sentenced to death in 1993, but his sentence remains under appeal, as his lawyers allege he is mentally retarded. The murders of El Paso girls and women stopped after Wood's October 1987 arrest for rape. He has not been charged in connection with Knox's case and it's unclear whether he was involved. A photo of Wood is posted with this case summary.

A week before she vanished, Vasquez married Robert Dismukes by proxy. He was serving a prison sentence for burglary and attempted murder at the time; in 1982, when he was eighteen, Dismukes was part of a criminal gang charged with over 30 break-ins in the El Paso area. Vasquez's loved ones don't know why she married him and speculated she may have been trying to help him avoid deportation. He now lives in Germany.

At the time of her disappearance, Vasquez worked at a fast food restaurant on Dyer Street and at the Matador Plastics factory in northeast El Paso. Dismukes's mother-in-law claims she knows people who saw her alive after her disappearance, but police believe foul play was involved in her case and Wood was responsible. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 9, 2013; details of disappearance updated.