Jeanette Gomez Espeleta
Missing since July 17, 1998 from Fullerton, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Jeanette was last seen July 17, 1998 in Fullerton, CA, when she left work at a Santa Ana bank. She was about to move in with her Moreno Valley family when she disappeared. Friends said Espeleta, who attended Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, always kept in touch with family and friends and was a creature of habit who worked, hung out with her friends at the gym and spent nearly every weekend with her family in Moreno Valley.
Foul play is suspected. Police believe that Espeleta was kidnapped on July 17 between 14.00 and 19.00. She was then shot to death and her body was kept overnight at an undisclosed location. The next day, the body was wrapped in chains or a rope. The body was placed on a boat rented from a company in Irvine and towed to Long Beach. Espeleta's 1996 silver Honda was driven near Rosarito Beach, Mexico, and set on fire. The father of her unborn child was arrested as a suspect in the case, together with 2 other men.
Investigators Fullerton Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Detective Sgt. Sean Fares
Fullerton Police Department
Agency Case Number: 01-2417