Details of Disappearance Rivera was last seen after she left the home she shared with her father on Peggy Lee Lane in Las Vegas, New Mexico on June 30, 2012. She was driving a purple 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier with the New Mexico license plate number JFZ-534. She said she would be back in a few minutes, but she never returned.
She and her one-year-old son were staying that night at the home of a health care client of her mother, but her mother wasn't home at the time; she was spending the night with a friend. Rivera was supposed to care for the client, who was bedridden.
At 2:00 a.m., Rivera called her mother from the client's house to say Chris Trujillo, Rivera's ex-boyfriend and the father of her son, was at the house and was drunk. She didn't sound frightened, so her mother told Rivera to chase him away and go inside.
She has never been heard from again. Her son was left behind in the bathroom, and all night the bedridden man heard him crying. When Rivera's family arrived at the house in the morning, they the garage door open and her slippers, her lighter and a couple of cigarettes on the ground outside.
That night, Trujillo reportedly arrived at a relative's house, dressed only in boxer shorts and covered in scratches. He supposedly said he had killed Rivera and buried her body in a remote area, and asked his relative to book him a room at a hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which she did. When the police went there to look for him, however, they couldn't find him.
It's worth noting that Trujillo has a violent past; in 2009, he was sentenced to two years in a juvenile detention facility after pleading guilty to manslaughter and other offenses in the 2007 shooting death of a Serafina, New Mexico man. Trujillo was only sixteen at the time of the man's killing.
He has not been named as a suspect in Rivera's disappearance, but he has refused to cooperate with the investigation. Rivera's family believe she was kidnapped and murdered by Trujillo and another man. Her case remains unsolved.
- Las Vegas State Police
Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 27, 2020; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.