Keith Sparrow

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Above: Sparrow, circa 1991

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 26, 1991 from Victorville, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 26, 1972
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Sparrow's hair was worn in a ponytail at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sparrow was last seen in Victorville, California on August 26, 1991. He lived with his girlfriend in the 13600 block of White Sail Drive in the Spring Valley Lake area area. The morning of his disappearance, he appeared remarkably cheerful and gave his infant daughter a bath for the first time. His girlfriend stated an acquaintance of Sparrow, Octavio "Tavo" Romero, drove to their residence that day and Sparrow left with him, leaving all his belongings behind, even his wallet. Sparrow has never been heard from again.

    A photo of Romero is posted below this case summary. In March 2012, he was charged with Sparrow's murder and also the murder of Spencer Watts, who was his roommate and who also knew Sparrow. Watts was shot to death and his body was found in a shallow grave in Lucerne Valley, California on September 1, 1991. Peter Carassone, an associate of both Watts and Romero, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy to commit murder in his death. Authorities believe Romero murdered Sparrow and buried him at an unknown location, possibly in the Adelanto, California area. Investigators stated Romero and Sparrow were both involved in drug sales and Sparrow kept $60,000 in cash at his house at the time of his disappearance. They believe his murder was drug-related.

    Romero was convicted of both murders in November 2012. Sparrow's body has never been found.

    Romero
    Above: Octavio Romero, circa 2012

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Oceanside Police Department
    760-435-4900

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    Source Information
    The Cactus Thorns
    CBS Los Angeles
    The High Desert Daily Press
    NamUs

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 6, 2014, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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