Houston man found after 8 years ‘never disappeared’, neighbors say

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HOUSTON — Residents of a Houston neighborhood are wondering if a 25-year-old man found alive after being reported missing eight years ago was really missing.

Kisha Ross and her family were shocked this week when they heard Rudolph “Rudy” Farias has been found, saying they never knew he was missing.

Civil court records reveal that his mother lives on the same street in northeast Houston.

“He’d come to my garage, hang out with my cousin and son and daughter,” Ross said. “That boy never disappeared.”

Ross’s cousin Broderick Conley said he and Farias hung out often.

“Laughs… good times,” Conley said.

“Sometimes he would go to the park by himself,” Ross added.

They know him as Dolph, short for his given name Rudolph. They said he comes to their house often, but they haven’t seen him in the last few weeks.

According to the Houston Police Department, someone called officers Thursday morning after a man was found sleeping outside a church.

The man was carrying an object with the identification of a family member, which is how the police were able to contact Farias’ mother.

Police identified the man as Farias, who was first reported in 2015 when he was 17 years old. His mother reported him missing after saying he never returned from a walk with his dogs.

The Texas Center for Missing announced that Farias had been found over the weekend, sharing the following statement on behalf of his family:

“We want to thank the media and the public for all their support. My son Rudy Farias IV was found on Thursday June 29, after having been missing for eight years. At this time, we have no further information on Rudy’s case. What we do I know al moment of his recovery, a Good Samaritan spotted him unresponsive and immediately called the police and 911. My son Rudy is getting the care he needs to overcome his trauma, but right now he is non-verbal and non is able to communicate with us. We ask for privacy during this difficult time, but will share more details as Rudy continues to heal.”

The Houston Fire Chief said Farias refused to be carried in an ambulance, which his mother signed for, and was left in the care of his family.

Farias’ mother shared the photos with Eyewitness News, claiming she took her son to the hospital. She said she believed her son had been beaten, abused and thought someone had kidnapped him all those years.

Another neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had seen Farias living at his mother’s house for years.

“I was just shocked that someone was missing here, and we see that,” he said. “It’s shocking for everyone.”

At the time of Farias’ disappearance, his mother told officials she had been suffering from depression and PTSD since her brother died in a motorcycle accident in 2011, an accident neighbors say they have spoken out about.

“He said he lost a brother in a motorcycle accident,” Ross said. “I know when she thought of her brother he didn’t come out; he went and sat back there in the woods by himself.”

ABC13 attempted to talk to Farias’ mother on Tuesday, who declined to do an on-camera interview, but said the man her neighbors have been spending time with and seen living with her is her nephew.

He shared a photo of his nephew, but neighbors insist it’s not him. Now, a Houston community is trying to figure out why one of them would say he’s ever gone missing.

“I don’t know. That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out all day,” Ross said. “I’m confused right now. I’m like, ‘What’s going on?'”

According to the Houston Police Department, a family member called them in 2018 and said Farias lived behind a relative’s house, but when police went to investigate, they couldn’t find him.

Investigators have yet to speak to Farias since he was found. They have to talk to him on Wednesday.

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