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Find Missing Jeanette Gomez Espeleta!

Find Missing Jeanette Gomez Espeleta!
Find Missing Jeanette Gomez Espeleta!

Find missing Jeanette Gomez Espeleta!
Reports conflict about how she vanished.
But police believe that
She became a victim of foul play that day.
It has been 21 years
Since her loved ones last saw her.
IT has been 21 years
Since her loved ones last heard from her.
Where are Jeanette and her baby?

Find Missing Jeanette Gomez Espeleta!
Details

Find Missing Jeanette Gomez Espeleta!

Missing Person: Jeanette Gomez Espeleta
Missing Since
07/17/1998
Missing From
Fullerton, California
Classification
Endangered Missing
Date of Birth
11/12/1977 (42 years old current age)
Age when last seen
20 years old
Height and Weight
5’4, 130 – 150 pounds
Medical Conditions
Espeleta was eight months pregnant with a girl at the time of her July 1998 disappearance. Her due date was sometime in August 1998.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Asian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Espeleta has scars above her right eye and on her forehead and a tattoo on her ankle. She has had her breasts augmented with implants, which feature unique serial numbers. Her name may be spelled “Janette.” Espeleta is of Filipino descent.

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Circumstances

Espeleta was last seen leaving work at the Bank of America branch in Fullerton, California on July 17, 1998. (Some agencies may state that the branch was located in Santa Ana, California). She apparently told her co-workers that she planned to head directly home afterwards. Some media reports state that Espeleta disappeared after visiting a fitness club in Anaheim, California before returning to her family’s residence in the Moreno Valley.

Espeleta was driving a silver two-door Honda Accord with the California license plate number 3SLD082 at the time of her disappearance. She never arrived home as scheduled and has not been heard from again.

Authorities believe that Espeleta was abducted and died of multiple gunshot wounds on the day of her disappearance. They think her vehicle was burned and abandoned by her murderers somewhere in the Baja, California canyons, and her remains were taken about a mile off the Long Beach, California shoreline, wrapped in a tarp and chains, weighted down, and dumped in the ocean.

Espeleta’s family members told investigators that it was very uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning and not contact anyone. She had all phone calls transferred to her pager if she was not at her residence.

Espeleta was preparing to move back into her family’s residence in July 1998. She was excited about giving birth to her child, whom ultrasound determined was a girl. Espeleta planned to name the baby Alyssa Kaitana. Her relatives said she was looking forward to becoming a single mother. She planned a baby shower and asked her mother to prepare Philippine pancit noodles for the event.

Authorities suspected Richard Tovar, an Anaheim, California resident, Espeleta’s former boyfriend and reported father of her unborn child, was involved in her disappearance. Espeleta’s sister said that she had filed paternity suit papers against Tovar prior to her disappearance. He reportedly refused to acknowledge the unborn child was his daughter.

Authorities believed that Tovar was angered as a result of the impending suit and intended to murder his former girlfriend and her fetus to avoid having to make child support payments. Espeleta told her loved ones that Tovar would not be pleased with the support suit. She wrote a letter to him in early July 1998 and requested that he leave her and her baby alone, calling him an “irresponsible coward.”

Tovar was arrested and charged with plotting and executing Espeleta’s presumed abduction and homicide on July 28, 1998, eleven days after she disappeared. His friend, Henry Joseph Rodriguez, was charged as his accomplice.

Tovar attempted to assist investigators locate Espeleta’s remains in the Pacific Ocean after his arrest. Searches extended from the waters near Long Beach to Mexico, but no evidence was located.

A mistrial was declared in Tovar’s case in August 2000, more than two years after Espeleta disappeared. A key prosecution witness refused to testify during the trial. Tovar was eventually convicted of Espeleta’s homicide in September 2000 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Rodriguez was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, but his conviction was overturned in 2003. He was convicted again at his second trial. However, in February 2016, his conviction was overturned a second time and a third trial was ordered.

Espeleta’s body has never been recovered, but foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved.

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Appeal

Jeanette Gomez Espeleta has been missing for 21 years Reports conflict about ho she actually vanished. But it is well-documented that she is missing under suspicious circumstances. And whatever happened to her probably happened to her unborn baby. The person who is apparently responsible for her disappearance and that of her unborn baby, may have to face a third trial in this case. He was convicted twice, and two times his conviction was overturned. This does not hardly look like justice!

Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Jeanette Gomez Espeleta and her baby? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) who may be involved in their disappearances?

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Contact Information

If you think you know the whereabouts of Jeanette Gomez Espeleta, BEFORE TAKING ANY ACTION, please contact the Fullerton Police Department at: (714) 738-6790 You may contact your local law enforcement agency. You may contact the California Department of Justice at 1-800-222-FIND (24 hour nationwide toll-free Hotline). You may contact: (916) 210-3119. You may email the Office at missing.persons@doj.ca.gov. Or you can leave your tip online: Click here to leave your tip online.

NamUs Case Number: MP23098
Agency Case Number: 01-2417

Jeanette Gomez Espeleta has a NamUs profile. The above images are courtesy of this profile. Click here to view it.
Jeanette Gomez Espeleta has a Doe Network profile. Click here to view it.
Jeanette Gomez Espeleta has a profile on the California Attorney General’s website. Click here to view it.
This article was written about how three people have been held accountable in the disappearance of Jeanette Gomez Espeleta. Click here and learn more.
This article was written a week into Jeanette Gomez Espeleta’s disappearance. Click here and learn more.
The request for a third trial in this victim’s case has been granted. Click here to learn more.
This is a WEBSLEUTHS page for this missing pregnant young woman. Click here to learn more.
The above information is found on Jeanette Gomez Espeleta’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.

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