According to authorities, Rudolph “Rudy” Farias IV, a Houston man who had been missing for over eight years since he was a teenager, was discovered sleeping in front of a local church. The Texas Center for the Missing published a missing person flyer, stating that Farias went missing on March 6, 2015. On June 29, the Houston Police Department responded to a call at the church in east Houston, ultimately confirming that the individual in question was indeed Farias, as stated by a department spokesperson.
The circumstances surrounding Farias’ disappearance and his whereabouts during those years remain unclear. Officials have provided no further details regarding his past locations or the events leading up to the call that ultimately led to his reunion with his family. However, Farias’ mother, Janie Santana, released a statement expressing that he is currently receiving the necessary care to overcome the trauma he has experienced. Unfortunately, Farias is nonverbal and cannot communicate with his family, as mentioned in the family statement.
It was a compassionate passerby who discovered Farias and promptly contacted emergency services. The family’s statement mentions that they have no additional information regarding the case. Upon arrival at the scene, the Houston Fire Department evaluated Farias, but he refused transportation to a hospital. Farias’ mother signed a form declining the offer for her son’s transport. Consequently, Farias was left in the care of his family and the police.
During the initial discovery, Farias possessed an item that identified a family member, allowing the police to contact them. Farias’ mother subsequently arrived at the scene. The circumstances surrounding his discovery have not been elaborated upon by the Texas Center for the Missing, who have stated that their focus is on the missing person and their family, and they will continue to support families through reunification and the healing process.
Farias, who was 17 years old at the time he disappeared, vanished while walking his two dogs in northwest Houston, according to CNN affiliate KHOU. His whereabouts over the past eight years remain a mystery. In September 2018, the police received information from the family indicating that Farias had been spotted sleeping behind the residence of a family member.
While the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported nearly 360,000 reports of missing children to the FBI in 2022, it is important to note that this figure may include duplicates. The Houston Police Department’s Missing Person’s Unit has expressed interest in interviewing Farias and his family, but as of Monday morning, those interviews had not yet taken place due to scheduling constraints. However, investigators have scheduled an interview with Farias for Wednesday, and the case remains an ongoing investigation.