The Doe Network:
Case File 968DFTX


Herlinda Ann Soto
Missing since July 2, 1993 from El Paso, El Paso County, Texas.
Classification: Involuntary

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Herlinda Soto was violently abducted from her home on Bill Ogden in east El Paso between July 2nd, 1993, at 18:00 and July 5th, 1993, at 18:00 pm.

Her ex-husband had picked up the children for the weekend and when he returned he found blood smears on the garage floor. There was a substantial amount of blood throughout the house and it appeared as if Soto had been dragged to the front door. Although, this is not considered a murder case, detectives believe she had been murdered.

Detectives don't think robbery was a motive. Soto had few valuables in her sparse, three-bedroom brick house. There was no trace of a forced entry, but one of the garage doors did not lock. Foul play is suspected.
Herlinda Soto’s car, a 1989 Mercury Tracer, was taken during the abduction and was recovered on July 6th at the 12400 block of Rojas.

The San Antonio native served in the Army Reserve and was an Operation Desert Storm veteran, who spent about eight months in Saudi Arabia. Soto, who had recently won custody of her two boys, then ages 10 and 7, worked as a public health technician for the El Paso City-County Health and Environmental District.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

El Paso Police Headquarters
Cold Case Unit
Detective Jose Castro

NCIC Number: M662784702

Case Number: 93-186351
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
El Paso Police Department
NamUs MP #3124

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