Erika Rios Valdez has been found safe in Illinois. Abel Fajardo has been arrested. Valdez’s family says Fajardo had been stalking her for two years after meeting him at a construction site.
Original Story: Erika Rios Valdez, 32, is missing from Cleveland, Texas. She was last seen at her house on CR3404 near the Bella Vista Subdivision in Plum Grove around 9:30 p.m., when a man with a gun forced her into a car on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.
According to the Liberty County Police Department, Erika was unhooking a food truck when a man named Abel Fajardo, 38, came up with a gun and forced her into his truck. “Her brother tried to stop him from abducting Erika by chasing after them in his car but he was unable to stop the suspect from fleeing the area,” said Capt. Ken DeFoor, told Blue Bonnet News.
The man was driving a 2005 GMC white diesel 4X4 truck with Illinois license plate 2816533B.
Erika Rios Valdez is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing about 120 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair with blonde highlights. She was last seen wearing a black sweater and jeans.
This area is not far from Plum Grove Road where two people went missing. Right now there is a total of 16 missing from Liberty County and 37 from the adjacent Montgomery County for a total of 53 missing. Read more here
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the kidnapping victim or the suspect or his vehicle are ask to call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 336-4500 or the Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392- STOP (7867).