Above photo was taken within one year of Angelica Gandara’s disappearance — Below photo is a age-progression of what Angelica might look like at 33. She turned 39 several days ago.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
- Full Name: Angelica Maria Gandara
- Birthdate: February 5, 1974
- Missing Date: July 14, 1985
- Last Seen In: Temple, Bell County, TX
- Age at Disappearance: 11 years old
- Age Now: 39 years old
- Race/Gender: Hispanic Female
- Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4’10” tall, 85 pounds
- Hair/Eyes: Black hair; brown eyes.
- Marks, Scars: Mole on her nose
- Clothing: Last seen wearing a black and white short sleeve pullover shirt with the word “Sasson” printed on the front, black shorts, white socks and white shoes.
On July 14, 1985, after visiting her grandmother, Angelica headed to her home in Temple, TX, on foot. The walk was only two blocks away from her house and it was something she had done numerous times before.
She never made it home.
Angelica was allegedly seen in a 1977 Chevrolet pickup truck with an unidentified white male and female. The pickup’s hood, front fender and bed were red and white in color, the doors were blue and white, and the top was white. The pickup was dented, dirty and unkept. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
In 2007, over 22 years after Angelica disappeared, authorities named serial killer David E. Penton as a possible suspect in her case, as well as several other missing girls. He has been serving a prison sentence in Texas since 1987 and allegedly signed a plea deal admitting responsibility for three missing girls from Texas. He didn’t admit to the kidnapping of Angelica however.
Mugshot of David Penton
David Penton kidnapped and murdered 5-year-old Christi Lynn Meek (pictured) as she played outside an apartment complex in Mesquite where she lived with her mother.
Another suspect, Ramiro R. Ibarra is another possible suspect. In 1997, he was convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old from Waco, Texas. He was an acquaintance of the victim’s family and broke into their home and committed the crime.
Other witnesses claimed to have seen Angelica in San Antonio, TX but those claims are unconfirmed.
As of 2013, the whereabouts of Angelica Gandara remains unknown.
If you have any information regarding this cold case you’re asked to please contact:
Temple Police Department 1-254-298-5500
Texas Department of Public Safety, Missing Persons Clearinghouse
PO Box 4087, Austin, Texas 78773-0450; or by phone at 512-424-5074 or 1-800-346-3243
Agency Case Number: 08503877
NCMEC #: NCMC601422
The Doe Network: Case File 92DFTX