Texas Man Reported Missing in 2015 Returns Home the Following Day, Police Reveal

by Joshua Brown
missing person case

According to Houston police, a man from Texas who was reported missing as a teenager in 2015 actually returned home the very next day. However, he and his mother, Janie Santana, misled authorities by providing false identities for the following eight years. On Thursday, the police disclosed that prosecutors have chosen not to press charges against Santana and her son, Rudolph “Rudy” Farias IV, for filing a false report, but the investigation is ongoing.

This announcement follows last week’s incident when Farias was discovered by the police after receiving a call regarding a person found lying on the ground near a church in southeast Houston.

Until now, authorities had not disclosed where Farias, who is now 25 years old, had been during the eight years since he was reported missing. The disappearance occurred after he took his two dogs for a walk near his family’s residence in northeast Houston. After being found by the police last week, Farias was hospitalized, and he and his mother were interviewed by detectives on Wednesday.

“During the conversation with investigators yesterday, it was revealed that Rudy returned home the very next day on March 8, 2015,” stated Lt. Christopher Zamora during a press conference. “Janie, his mother, continued to deceive the police by persistently claiming that Rudy was still missing.”

Following Farias’ disappearance, the Houston police and Texas Equusearch, a search and recovery team, conducted extensive efforts to locate him but were unsuccessful, despite later finding his dogs.

Throughout the years, there were several reported sightings of Farias, as indicated by a private investigator hired by his mother a few months after his disappearance. One of these sightings, which occurred in 2018, prompted a response from the police. However, the case remained open as a missing person investigation.

Upon the police’s announcement of finding her son, Santana released a statement explaining that he is currently receiving the necessary care to overcome his trauma. However, she mentioned that he is nonverbal and unable to communicate with them at the moment.

When questioned about the mental health of Farias and his mother, Police Chief Troy Finner declined to comment on Thursday and refrained from discussing their motives. He stated that the investigation is still in its early stages.

Additionally, the police revealed that patrol officers responded to a burglary call at the family’s residence on Wednesday night, which has now become part of the ongoing investigation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about missing person case

Q: When was the Texas man reported missing and when did he return home?

A: The Texas man was reported missing as a teenager in 2015, but he actually returned home the very next day on March 8, 2015.

Q: How long did the man and his mother deceive the police with false identities?

A: The man and his mother deceived the police with false identities for a period of eight years following his reported disappearance in 2015.

Q: Have any charges been brought against the man and his mother for filing a false report?

A: No, prosecutors have declined to bring false report charges against the man’s mother, Janie Santana, and him, Rudolph “Rudy” Farias IV. However, the investigation is still ongoing.

Q: What was the recent incident that led to the discovery of the missing man?

A: Last week, the police received a call regarding a person lying on the ground near a church in southeast Houston, which eventually led to the discovery of Rudolph Farias IV.

Q: What happened to the man after he was found by the police?

A: After being found, Rudolph Farias IV was hospitalized, and both he and his mother were interviewed by detectives as part of the investigation.

Q: Are there any updates on the mental health of the man and his mother?

A: The police have not provided any updates on the mental health of Rudolph Farias IV or his mother, Janie Santana, as the investigation is still in its early stages.

Q: Was there any additional incident involving the family’s home during this time?

A: Yes, patrol officers responded to a burglary call at the family’s home on Wednesday night, which is now being investigated as part of the overall case.

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Bookworm87 July 7, 2023 - 3:11 am

Can’t believe it took 8 whole years for the truth to come out! Such a bizarre case of deception. Wonder what really happened during all those years.

DogLover23 July 7, 2023 - 8:43 am

Poor dogs must’ve been so confused all those years. Glad the guy’s back, but I hope he and his mom get the help they need. Can’t imagine what they’ve been through.

CuriousCat July 7, 2023 - 9:24 am

So he goes missin’ n den shows up da next day? Sounds fishy to me! Police gotta dig deeper, somethin’ doesn’t add up. What’s the real story here?

TechGeek24 July 7, 2023 - 3:23 pm

False identities? That’s some serious cloak and dagger stuff! I wonder how they managed to fool the authorities for so long. The investigation must be intense.


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