Houston — Residents of a Houston neighborhood are questioning whether a 25-year-old man found alive after being reported missing eight years ago was ever really missing.
Keisha Ross and her family were shocked this week when they heard Rudolph “Rudy” Farias had been found, saying they never knew he had been reported missing.
Civil court records show that his mother lives on the same street in Northeast Houston.
Ross said, “He used to come over to my garage, hang out with my cousins, son and daughter.” “That boy never disappeared.”
Ross’s cousin, Broderick Conley, said that he and Farias often hung out together.
“Laughs… good times,” Conley said.
“Sometimes he would go to the park alone,” Ross said.
They know him as Dolph, an abbreviation of his given name Rudolph. They said that he often visits their house, but they have not seen him for the past few weeks.
According to the Houston Police Department, someone called authorities after a man was found sleeping outside the church on Thursday morning.
The man had an item identifying a family member, which enabled police to contact Farias’ mother.
The Texas Center for the Missing announced that Farias had been found over the weekend, sharing the following statement on behalf of his family:
“We would like to thank the media and public for their support. My son Rudy Farias IV was found on Thursday, June 29, after being missing for eight years. At present, we do not have any additional information on Rudy’s case. What we do know is that during his recovery, a Good Samaritan found him unresponsive and immediately called the police and 911. My son Rudy is receiving the care he needs to recover from his trauma, but at this time, he Has not been able to speak and has not been able to communicate with anyone. We. We are asking for privacy during this difficult time but will share more information as Rudy recovers.”
The Houston Fire Department chief said Farias refused to be transported by ambulance, which was signed by his mother and left in the care of his family.
Farias’ mother shared photos with Eyewitness News claiming that she had brought her son to the hospital. He said he believed his son had been beaten, abused and felt someone had kidnapped him for so many years.
Another neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had seen Farias living at his mother’s house for years.
“I was surprised that someone was missing here and we found him,” he said. “It’s shocking for everybody.”
At the time of Farias’s disappearance, her mother told authorities she suffered from depression and PTSD after her brother died in a motorcycle accident in 2011, neighbors say she talked about the incident .
Ross said, “He said he lost his brother in a motorcycle accident.” ‘I know he didn’t come out to hang out when he thought of his brother; He himself used to sit behind in the forest.
On Tuesday, ABC13 attempted to speak with Farias’ mother, who did not want to be interviewed on camera, but said the man her neighbors have seen her spend time with and live with is her nephew. .
He shared the picture of the nephew, but neighbors say it is not him. Now, the Houston community is trying to figure out why any of them would ever say he was missing.
Ross said, “I don’t know. That’s what I’ve been trying to find out all day.” “I’m confused right now. I’m thinking, ‘What’s happening?'”
According to the Houston Police Department, a family member called them in 2018 and said Farias was living behind a relative’s house, but when police went to investigate, they could not find him.
Investigators have yet to speak to Farias since he was found. He is scheduled to talk to them on Wednesday.