Abigail Estrada

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Abigail, circa 2007;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 17 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 16, 2007 from Harlingen, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 6, 1993
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Abigail's hair was dyed black at the time of her disappearance. She has a tattoo of the name "Shawn" on her ankle, a mole on the upper left side of her chest, and a scar below her right earlobe. Her nickname is Abby.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black tank top or muscle shirt, tan striped shorts and slippers imprinted with the cartoon character Winnie the Pooh.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Abigail was last seen leaving her home in Harlingen, Texas on June 16, 2007. She has never been heard from again. She left her residence with her 16-year-old boyfriend, Ruben Torres, and has never been heard from again. A photograph of Ruben is posted below this case summary. He later stated he dropped Abigail off at a street corner near her home. Her loved ones did not believe she would have run away and stated that even if she had, she would have worn something other than slippers and would have taken extra clothing. All of Abigail's personal belongings were left behind when she vanished. Her parents knew she was seeing Ruben and had consented to their relationship, as had Ruben's parents.

    In August 2007, Ruben was charged with capital murder in Abigail's case. He was arrested when he made a court appearance for other, unrelated charges that were brought against him before Abigail went missing. Authorities stated Abigail was a witness in a juvenile felony case against Ruben. The murder charge was dropped for lack of evidence several months later, but Ruben remained incarcerated for other crimes until March 2009. In August 2015, eight years after his initial arrest, Ruben was charged with Abigail's murder a second time. He is awaiting trial. Because of his age at the time Abigail disappeared, he has been charged as a juvenile, and the prosecutor's office will have to petition to have him tried as an adult.

    Abigail may still be in the south Texas area. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

    Torres
    Above: Ruben Torres, circa 2007

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Harlingen Police Department
    956-216-5940

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Polly Klaas Foundation
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Brownsville Herald
    MyFox Rio
    The Monitor
    KRGV NewsChannel 5
    Unsolved in the News
    Valley Central

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 2, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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