Charlotte resident, Ramiro “Ram” Garcia has been missing since September 1, 2016. One month before the four-year anniversary of his disappearance, the Atascosa County Crime Stoppers and Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office are doing everything they can to bring the father of four home.
Last week, Garcia’s case was listed as the Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week, and a credible tip has led local law enforcement that much closer to finding him.
According to Constable Cregg Thompson, Pct. 3, a Hollywood Park security guard reached out to Garcia’s family after seeing his story on a local news station last Wednesday. The family then contacted Constable Thompson to follow up on the tip.
“The security guard explained that he had spoken to a man who looked a lot like Ram last Wednesday. However, he didn’t know it could possibly be him at the time until he saw the story later that evening on the news,” said Constable Thompson, who is also the Crime Stoppers Coordinator.
Constable Thompson and his deputies spent all day Monday following up on the lead.
“We searched the wooded areas near the park, the tunnels, everywhere. We spoke with a lot of people as to if they had seen him or not and also put up a lot of posters in the area,” said Constable Thompson. “I have been with this case since before I became constable last year, so it’s very personal for me. Any tips and information are extremely helpful at this point. Someone knows something and they’re just not telling us.”
Garcia’s family, including his wife Kristina and his sister Henrietta Cantu, just hope someone will speak up.
“We just want him home. We just want that closure of what happened to him. Please, we miss him so much, it’s unbearable,” said Kristina, Garcia’s wife. “It’s like we’re in constant limbo waiting to hear anything about him. Please, if you know where he is or know what happened to him, please call it in. You don’t have to tell us who you are, we just want our husband, father and brother back.”
The family will also be putting up more posters in Atascosa County and the Thousand Oaks area in hopes to bring their loved one home.
Also missing from the Charlotte area is Michelle Longoria, who was last seen walking along FM 173/FM 2146 outside of Jourdanton on February 4, 2014. The Pleasanton Express will continue to look into Longoria’s disappearance.
According to Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward, his investigators have documented well over 100 hours on each of these two cases.
“We have conducted multiple searches using K9s and up to as many as 20 people at a time during searches,” said Sheriff Soward.
Both cases remain very active. Sheriff Soward further stated that based on information received, his office believes Garcia and Longoria are both victims of foul play. “We have followed up on scores of leads and we still don’t know their fate. We are not optimistic that they are safe somewhere.”
“We will continue to look for them and follow up on leads that we get or develop through our investigations.”
If you have any information about either of these missing persons, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 830-769-3434 ext. 2223 or ext. 2227. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the finding of Ramiro Garcia or Michelle Longoria. You may call in anonymous tips to 830- 769-2255.