Agustin Zeferino

Above: Zeferino, circa 2014


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 11, 2014 from Santa Barbara County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 2, 1990
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Medical Conditions: Zeferino was suffering from a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis at the time he went missing. He wasn't contagious at the time of his disappearance, but after he stopped treatments he would have become contagious. His illness is spread through the air and a person could catch it by spending an hour or more in close contact with him. Tuberculosis is a life-threatening condition and Zeferino is considered a danger to public health.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Zeferino, a farm worker who lived in Santa Maria, California, was last seen in Santa Barbara County, California on August 11, 2014. He has never been heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he was undergoing treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis. The disease requires a minimum of six to nine months of treatments, and Zeferino was supposed to take medication for 18 to 24 months.

    On August 22, eleven days after he was last seen, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department published a health alert for him and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Because of the contagious nature of his illness, approaching Zeferino is not advised; anyone who sees him should call 911. There has been no sign of him since August 2014 and his whereabouts are unknown.


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Lompoc Record
    KEYT 3


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 3, 2015; casefile added.

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