Details of Disappearance Esquivel was last seen in Houston, Texas on December 19, 2006. She has never been heard from again.
She had been working as an exotic dancer prior to her disappearance and met William Joseph Greer while she was on the job. She eventually left her husband for Greer. They were living together when Esquivel disappeared. A photograph of Greer is posted with this case summary.
On December 22, Greer was arrested in Cleveland, Texas after being found wandering naked and intoxicated in a field. He told authorities that he had been using cocaine and had accidentally shot and killed Esquivel. No one believed his statements and he was released from jail the next day.
After getting out of jail, Greer went to visit a relative in Houston. He told the relative he had messed up his life and was going to Georgia to see his brother, and had no plans to return.
Greer did travel to Georgia and spent the Christmas holidays with his brother. He told his brother he had accidentally shot Esquivel and killed her, and had buried her body. He said he was going to Canada to start a new life. His brother last saw him at a truck stop in Georgia.
On December 30, Greer's two sons, then aged nine and thirteen years old, told police they heard Greer and Esquivel arguing between 2:00 and 5:00 a.m. on December 19. The children said they heard a gunshot, followed by a gurgling noise, and Greer asking Esquivel whether she was alive or dead.
Later that morning, the children left for school and did not see Esquivel. Their mother picked them up after school so they could spend the holidays with her. Greer's sons did not tell anyone what had happened until December 30, after the holidays were over and they were supposed to return home.
When police searched the family's residence in the 25000 block of Barmby Drive after hearing the children's statements, they found evidence of a shooting, including blood, in the bedroom. There was enough blood to indicate that someone had been seriously injured or killed. A roll of clear plastic wrap was also located.
It is believed that Greer wrapped Esquivel's body in the plastic and disposed of it in an unknown location. He was indicted for Esquivel's murder in January 2007 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He remained at large for nearly 11 years. He was finally arrested in Nacajuca, a remote town in southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border, in November 2017. He will be extradited to Texas and tried for Esquivel's murder.
Foul play is strongly suspected in Esquivel's disappearance due to the circumstances involved. Her body has never been found.
- Texas Department of Public Safety
Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 1, 2017; details of disappearance updated.