Jose Alberto Ortigoza
Ortigoza, approximately 2014; Acadia Crossover
Date reported missing : 01/24/2014
Missing location (approx) :
San Diego, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A dark-colored long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. Carrying a black backpack.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Ortigoza may use the last name Ortigoza Martinez or his middle name, Alberto. He is a Mexican national.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ortigoza was last seen at 2:56 p.m. on January 24, 2014, after crossing the U.S./Mexico border on foot at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California. He was going into the United States to conduct business for his employer, Especies y Granos de Baja California, a wholesale spice business.
He may have entered a silver and black 2008 or later model GMC Acadia Crossover; a photo of an Acadia Crossover is posted with this case summary. Ortigoza has never been heard from again.
Since his disappearance, there has been no activity on Ortigoza's cellular phone. His disappearance is uncharacteristic of his behavior; his wife stated he was the family breadwinner and had a close relationship with her and their toddler son, and his boss described him as an ideal employee. He had worked for the same company for over four years and frequently made trips across the border without any problems.
He was carrying business papers but didn't have any significant amount of cash at the time of his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
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San Diego Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Police Department
NBC San Diego
Fox 5 San Diego
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October 12, 2004. March 9, 2017; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.