May 23, 2023 — Underground Mysteries
José Tobias López Mejia went missing in Falfurrias, Brooks County, Texas on August 4, 2021 when he was 27 years old.
Originally from El Salvador, Mejia had finished crossing the Mexican-American border when he went missing. It is believed that he made it at least as far North as Falfurrias, when his phone could no longer pick up trace of his whereabouts.
It is unknown if Mejia suffered an accident, became ill, or met with bad company, among many other possibilities. It is also unknown if he was planning to travel even further by foot. Because he had been in contact with family members regularly prior to his disappearance and in control of his mental faculties, it is unlikely that he purposely has been avoiding his family for the last [almost] two years.
When Mejia vanished, he was carrying a gray Samsung mobile device. He was wearing a black necklace that had the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” symbol, also known as “Virgen de Guadalupe”. He also had on size 8 black Nike tennis shoes with a red Nike logo, a black shirt, and denim jeans with red patches,
Mejia can be described as a Hispanic male with wavy dark brown or black hair, a mustache, a beard, and brown eyes. He is about 5’4″ to 5’5″ in height and weighed about 160 pounds when he was last seen. He has a scar on at least one of his lower legs. It is believed that Mejia does not have any tattoos.
Mejia would be 29 years old if alive today.
Prior to Mejia’s disappearance, he traveled from El Salvador through Guatemala and Mexico in order to cross over the border.
Falfurrias, Texas is the center of migrant checkpoints in Southern Texas. Migrants who cross the Mexican-American border often attempt to bypass this checkpoint as to not get caught and deported. They may end up suffering heat exhaustion, dehydration, and other issues while attempting to avoid the checkpoints. Despite many community efforts, including water stations set up for migrants by Eduardo “Eddie” Canales via the STHRC program and the mandatory order for all human remains found in Brooks County after 2008 to have DNA extracted, many people still go missing in Falfurrias and McAllen, Texas.
If you have information on Mejia’s whereabouts, please contact any of the following:
- Brooks County Sheriff’s Office: 361-325-3696
- Karla Ruiz, General Consulate of El Salvador: 956-800-1363
- Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office: 956-383-8114 (case number 22-15867).
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