Vasquez last seen getting into a white truck

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The family of an Alice man who has been missing for a quarter of a century is still searching for answers, and refuses to give up hope that his case will one day be solved.

Today marks 25 years since the last time Ramon Jaramillo Vasquez was seen by his family.

He disappeared June 25, 1982, after leaving his home with his brother-in-law, Juan Suarez, to go to a nearby store.

According to Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department reports, Suarez was admitted to a local hospital later that night with a gunshot wound to his chest, which he told deputies he had inflicted on himself accidentally.

Suarez later reportedly altered his story and said Vasquez had shot him, and he had then struck Vasquez in the head or neck and left him on the side of a road.

Vasquez was never seen again and no one has ever been charged in his disappearance.

Esmeralda Charles, Vasquez's sister, said Friday she and the rest of the family still hope to find out what happened to him.

"We're hoping for the best," Charles said. "Up to now, we don't know (what happened to him). A lot of rumors have been spread around.

"We do think something happened to him."

Charles said over the past 25 years they have searched a number of locations all over the county for Vasquez's body and have heard many rumors about where he might be buried.

"It's been hard, it's been all these years - my parents are elderly and we've never found out anything," Charles said. "They want to find closure to this and we've never been able to."

Vasquez was last seen getting into an early-1980s white Ford pick-up truck with Texas license plates on June 25, 1982 near his residence in the 1100 block of Rayo Street. The truck was later found abandoned at the Alice Police Department.

Vasquez is 5'9" and weighs 170 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and has a scar on his chin. He also has a tattoo of a rose on his left bicep with a ribbon below the rose with the names "Gracie," "Sandra" and "Ramon." He was last seen wearing a denim vest, blue jeans and brown leather sandals. He was 27 years old at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance is asked to contact the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department at 668-0341.