Ernest Lopez Salado Sr.

Above: Salado, circa 1998


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 29, 1998 from Indio Hills, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 19, 1937
  • Age: 61 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Salado may have a mustache. He speaks mostly Spanish.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Tan work pants, a white v-neck t-shirt, a gray and green plaid flannel shirt, and white sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Salado was last seen leaving his residence on Dillon Road in Indio Hills, California on October 29, 1998 at approximately 5:00 and 5:30 a.m. He has never been seen again. He owned a ten-acre date farm on Jackson Street at the time of his disappearance. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots in the area around the time Salado disappeared.

    Salado's maroon 1988 Chevrolet truck with the California license plate number 5P84746 was discovered abandoned off Interstate 10 in south central Los Angeles, California on November 11, 1998, two weeks after he vanished. Salado's .22 caliber revolver was missing from the truck and there were possible traces of blood inside the vehicle. The radio station was turned to an English-language radio station; Salado only listened to Spanish-language radio. His case remains open and unsolved and foul play is suspected.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Riverside County Sheriff's Department

    Indio Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Missing Persons Throughout The World
    Riverside County Sheriff's Department
    The Desert Sun


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 7, 2017; distinguishing characteristics, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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