Javier Pimentel

Pimentel, circa 1997

  • Missing Since 10/20/1997
  • Missing From San Jose, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race Hispanic
  • Date of Birth 09/09/1974 (49)
  • 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 mustache and goatee.

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 would have been targeted for a ransom kidnapping; he and his family are not wealthy. Foul play is suspected in his case.

Investigating Agency

  • San Jose Police Department 619-531-2000

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated August 4, 2006; details of disappearance updated.