Javier Pimentel

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Above: Pimentel, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 20, 1997 from San Jose, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 9, 1974
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Pimentel has a tattoo of the initials "EYJ" on one of his hands. He may have a moustache and goatee.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Pimentel was abducted near his home in the Berryessa neighborhood of San Jose, California on October 20, 1997. At 5:00 p.m. that day, his family received a ransom call; the caller demanded money for Pimentel's safe return. The individual did not contact the family again, however, and has never been identified.

    Pimentel is a native of Mexico and entered the United States illegally three months prior to his disappearance. At the time of his abduction, he was a self-employed house cleaner and lived with relatives in the 3200 block of Rockport Avenue. Authorities do not know why Pimentel was targeted for a ransom kidnapping; he and his family are not wealthy. Foul play is suspected in his case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Jose Police Department
    619-531-2000

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The San Jose Mercury News

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 4, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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