Ruben David Felix

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Left and Center: Ruben, circa 1997;
Right: Age-progression at age 17 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 23, 1997 from Shoshone, Idaho
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 18, 1994
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 2'6, 32 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Hispanic) male. Sandy blond hair, blue eyes. Ruben has a scar on his right wrist.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red sweatshirt, blue sweatpants with a stripe down the sides and brown hiking boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ruben's stepfather was caring for him at the family's ranch along the Little Wood River in rural Shoshone, Idaho on the afternoon of February 23, 1997. Ruben was last seen sitting in their front yard and drinking his bottle. His stepfather went inside the house for a moment to retrieve something and when he returned, Ruben had disappeared.

    Dogs traced Ruben's scent for 200 yards to the edge of the Little Wood River, and searchers found a child's footprint on the riverbank. Authorities searched the river several times looking for Ruben's remains, but found nothing. It's possible he was kidnapped and sold. His mother, who divorced Ruben's stepfather after the child's 1997 disappearance, believes his stepfather's family might have been involved in his case.

    Ruben's case remains unsolved. Little evidence is available in his case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
    208-886-2259

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Idaho State Police
    The Magic Valley Times-News
    KBOI 12

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 7, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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