Jose Ortiz

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Above: Ortiz, circa 2005

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 28, 2005 from New Haven, Connecticut
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ortiz's nickname is Bin Laden.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black hooded sweatshirt, a bandana and blue jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ortiz was last seen in New Haven, Connecticut on December 28, 2005. He was riding his bicycle at the time of his disappearance. He has never been heard from again. He wasn't reported missing until January 1.

    The same day Ortiz disappeared, a firefighter reported seeing a young man being abducted intersection of Poplar Street and and Lombard Street, near the firehouse. The man was riding a bicycle, later to be determined to be Ortiz's, and three men in a silver 1990s model Ford Taurus pulled him off of it and into the vehicle. Investigators believe the man was Ortiz. The kidnapping suspects are described as being approximately 15 to 21 years of age.

    Ortiz lived with his mother in the 400 block of Lombard Street at the time of his disappearance; this is near the abduction site. Authorities believe he was involved in drug activity at the time of his disappearance, but his family doesn't think he was; they stated he lived quietly and dreamed of becoming a police officer. His case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New Haven Police Department
    203-946-6316

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    Source Information
    New Haven Police Department
    WTNH News Channel 8
    North American Missing Persons Network
    Connecticut Department of Correction
    The New Haven Register

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 13, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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