Jose Alberto Ortigoza

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Above Images: Ortigoza, circa 2014


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 24, 2014 from San Diego, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Ortigoza may use the last name Ortigoza Martinez or his middle name, Alberto. He is a Mexican national.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark-colored long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. Carrying a black backpack.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ortigoza was last seen at 2:56 p.m. on January 24, 2014, after crossing the U.S./Mexico border on foot at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California. He was going into the United States to conduct business for his employer, Especies y Granos de Baja California, a wholesale spice business. He may have entered a silver and black 2008 or later model GMC Acadia Crossover; a photo of an Acadia Crossover is posted below this case summary. Ortigoza has never been heard from again.

    Since his disappearance, there has been no activity on Ortigoza's cellular phone. His disappearance is uncharacteristic of his behavior; his wife stated he was the family breadwinner and had a close relationship with her and their toddler son, and his boss described him as an ideal employee. He had worked for the same company for over four years and frequently made trips across the border without any problems. He was carrying business papers but didn't have any significant amount of cash at the time of his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.

    Above: Acadia Crossover


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


    Source Information
    The San Diego Union Tribune
    San Diego Police Department
    NBC San Diego
    Fox 5 San Diego


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 9, 2017; clothing/jewelry description added, details of disappearance updated.

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