Details of Disappearance Melvin was last seen in Brownsville, Texas on June 17, 2005. His mother had traveled to the United States to work when Melvin 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.
Melvin attempted to emigrate to the United States at age fifteen, but was caught at the border and returned to his native Honduras. In June 2005, Melvin tried 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 Melvin's mother. The coyote stated they had crossed the border at Brownsville, Texas, but Melvin was sick and they were leaving him behind there. Melvin was allowed to speak to his mother and said he thought he was dying. She never heard from him again.
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. Melvin's disappearance remains unsolved; Texas police are investigating.
- Brownsville Police Department
Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 22, 2010; distinguishing characteristics updated.