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Angelica, circa 1985; Age progression forensics photo at age 33 (circa 2007); David Elliot Penton, circa 2007; Ramiro Rubi Ibarra

Missing Since 07/14/1985

Missing From Temple, Texas

Classification Non-Family Abduction

Sex Female

Race Hispanic

Date of Birth Used 02/05/1974 (47)

Age 11 years old

Height and Weight 4'10, 85 pounds

Clothing/Jewelry Description A black and white short-sleeved pullover shirt with the word "SASSOON" printed across the front, black shorts, white bobby socks and white sneakers.

Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Angelica has a mole on her nose. She is of Mexican descent.

The witness told authorities that the truck's hood, front fender and bed were painted red and white. The doors were blue and white and the top of the truck was painted white. According to the witness, the vehicle was dirty, dented and in general disrepair. Angelica was sighted in the truck approximately two blocks from her grandmother's residence in Temple. She had been walking back to her family's home at the time she disappeared. She has never been seen again.

Angelica lived in the 800 block of north 6th Street in Temple at the time of her disappearance. A neighbor reported having seen her the day before her disappearance, pushing her niece in a stroller up the street between her grandmother's house and her own home.

The neighbor stated someone driving a blue car pulled up alongside Angelica and the driver attempted to get her to accept a ride. Angelica kept walking, and the car circled the block, slowed down alongside the child again, then drove away. She never said anything about the incident to her family. She disappeared the next day.

A clark at a Shamrock convenience store in San Antonio, Texas reported seeing Angelica on several occasions in late July 1985, after her disappearance. San Antonio is about 150 miles south of Temple.

The clerk said the girl who resembled Angelica would always get dropped off at the store by a man in a car and would go inside the store alone while the driver and car waited across the street. The girl was always very quiet and seemed to be tense and in a hurry when she made her purchases.

After learning about Angelica's disappearance, the clerk tried to delay the girl the next time she came into the store by offering her a drink, then going to the phone to call police. But at that point the girl's driver got out of the car, went inside, grabbed the girl and told the clerk not to say anything. The clerk was unable to describe the man and this account has not been confirmed.

In 2007, authorities announced they considered David Elliot Penton a person of interest in Angelica's disappearance and in the disappearances and murders of several other young girls, including Amber Crum">
and Ara Johnson">
. A photograph of Penton is posted below this case summary. He is has been incarcerated in an Ohio prison since 1987. He also signed a plea agreement admitting to the murders of three girls in Texas.

Penton's cellmates went to investigators and claimed he had implicated himself in the disappearances of Ara, Amber and Angelica. He has not been charged in connection with any of these disappearances, however.

Ramiro Rubi Ibarra is another possible suspect in Angelica's case. In 1997, he was convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of a sixteen-year-old girl from Waco, Texas. Ibarra, an acquaintance of the victim's family, broke into her home and killed her. He was sentenced to death and is still awaiting execution. Authorities have been unable to link him to Angelica, however. A photo of Ibarra is posted with this case summary.

Angelica lived in the 800 block of north 6th Street at the time of her disappearance. Her disappearance remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected.
Investigating Agency / Department

Temple Police Department 254-770-5506

Additional missing person information

Texas Department of Public Safety">

Texas Department of Criminal Justice">


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