Jesus Merino-Mendoza

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Left and Center: Jesus, circa 2007;
Right: Age-progression to age 12 (circa 2016)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 26, 2007 from Portland, Oregon
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: February 4, 2004
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Jesus has a faint V-shaped birthmark on his forehead.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue sleeveless jersey with a number on the front, blue shorts and sandals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jesus disappeared from Portland, Oregon on July 26, 2007. He was abducted by his non-custodial father, Jesus Merino Leyva. A photograph and vital statistics for Leyva are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant was issued for him on July 31, 2007. A cousin says he gave Leyva and Jesus a ride to Merced, California on July 26. He says they were trying to get to Mexico.

    Leyva is described as unstable, and he had a restraining order prohibiting him from having contact with Jesus or the child's mother. Caution is advised when approaching either of them; relatives believe Leyva may kill himself and Jesus if cornered by police. The child's whereabouts are unknown and his case remains unsolved.


    Jesus Merino Leyva
    Above: Jesus Merino Leyva

    Date of Birth: December 25, 1969
    Age: 37 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'5, 180 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Leyva's nickname is Chu Cho. At the time of the abduction, he was clean-shaven and his hair was shorter than in the photo above.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Portland Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    KGW 8
    For the Missing -- Pacific Northwest


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 6, 2016; age-progression updated.

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