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Missing since April 22, 1994 from Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Rene Layja, a mentally challenged 33-year-old, was visiting his mother on a medical visa from Mexico. He had come to Mesa to have medical testing when he went for a walk from his family's home in the 700 block of South Parsell Circle on April 22, 1994. When he didn't return home, his mother reported him missing about 19:40 the same day.
About 3.00 the next day, Layja knocked on a stranger's door in Gilbert. The homeowner called Gilbert police. Layja appeared to be disoriented and dehydrated so Gilbert police took him to the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix for treatment.
After getting re-hydrated, Layja met with social workers who tried to figure out who he was and where he lived. In Spanish, Layja told them he lives in Sonora, Mexico, and wanted to go there. So the social workers bought him a bus ticket and took him to the Greyhound bus station.
A bus driver told police he remembered Layja got off the bus in Nogales. He has not been seen again.
Rene did not know the area well and had only been in Mesa for 48 hours prior to his disappearance.
Investigators Missing Person Unit
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Investigator Margarita Quihuiz #4642
Missing Person Unit
Agency Case Number: 94-1120564
NCIC Number: M-729477000 Source Information:
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Mesa Police Department