Alex Valverde, 43, of Crocker has been missing since July 30, according to the Missouri Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the Crocker Police Department (CPD).
Valverde, a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, six feet tall, and weighing approximately 192 lbs, was last seen in Crocker on July 30. His vehicle was later discovered in the the Swedeborg area, abandoned.
Valverde's mother reported him missing, according to Crocker Police Chief Nick Pappas, and was the last confirmed person to see Valverde at her residence in Crocker.
The vehicle was found at an associate's residence in Swedeborg, but the owner of the residence was not notified of why Valverde left his vehicle there. Pappas said that it wasn't unusual for Valverde to park his vehicle at this residence and "through the course of the investigation, that's how we found out his car was there."
Valverde is known to battle with drug addiction, according to Pappas, and has ties to Pulaski, Phelps, Miller, Camden, and Jasper Counties in Missouri.
Pappas told the Daily Guide that the investigation is still ongoing, "however, no one with viable or credible information has come forward."
Credible information has been a struggle in the investigation, according to Pappas, and police have received a whole lot of "second-hand information" that is the product of rumor or speculation.
"Please don't spread rumors. It's convoluting the investigation," Pappas said of the issue with getting credible information.
He said individuals are telling each other "I heard" and it's making it through back channels to the police department and "no one knows where the information came from" and that the rumors are "making it harder on the family."
Pappas said Valverde's mother is "greatly concerned" about the whereabouts of her son and is "frantic" to find out where he is and wants answers.
"We will not close this case until we solve it," Pappas said.
CPD has been in contact with multiple agencies and worked with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, law enforcement across Missouri, and even provided fingerprints and DNA to the University of North Texas' forensic unit for future reference.
"We've had a nationally certified team down with cadaver dogs and covered over a 100 acre area to no avail," Pappas said. The cadaver dog search was based on faulty information the department received during the course of the investigation.
Pappas said CPD has been in three different counties with multiple agencies running down leads "to no avail" and the department has no credible information about where Valverde is at this time.
"We will run every rabbit down its hole and if I have to do twice, we'll do it," Pappas said about leads in the case.
The CPD would like for individuals who believe they may have information about Valverde to contact the department directly at 573-736-2211 or, if they don't feel comfortable doing so, contacting the Missouri Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 573-526-6178 to give their information. CPD would also request that information be given to law enforcement directly and "let them sort fact from rumor."
"We are talking to everyone that is named in the investigation, we talk to them regardless of how important it is," Pappas said, noting that Valverde is the son of someone who wants to know what happened to him.
Pappas said that it was ultimately about finding information for a family who wants to know what happened to their loved one and asks that information be brought to primary investigators Assistant Chief Pat Neubeck and Officer Tony Williams or the Missing Persons Clearinghouse phone line.
"We believe somebody knows something, but won't come forward," Pappas said.