Missing Since: 07/26/07
Missing from: Portland, Oregon
Classification: Parental Abduction
Date Of Birth: 02/04/04
Age at disappearance: 3
Weight: 30-36 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: A faint V-shaped birthmark on his forehead. Short-cropped hair.
Clothing: A blue jersey style tank top, blue shorts and sandals.
Details of Disappearance
Jesus was abducted on July 26, 2007 by Jesus Leyva. A felony warrant was issued for the abductor on July 31, 2007. CAUTION IS ADVISED.
Jesus Merino Mendoza was reported missing by his mother after the child’s father, Jesus Merino Leyva took the child from her residence and did not return. Investigators believe the father, who has also been entered as missing, is mentally unstable, and poses an immediate threat to the child’s safety. At the time the child was taken, there was a valid Multnomah County Restraining Order in place, prohibiting the father from having contact with either the mother or the child.
Above image: Jesus Leyva
Date Of Birth: 12/ 25/69
Weight: 180 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Currently, his hair is shorter than the photo and he is clean-shaven.
Nickname: “Chu Cho”
Family fears missing 3-year-old was taken to Mexico
July 30, 2007
Investigators believe a dad who allegedly kidnapped his three-year-old son from North Portland may have fled to Mexico.
The boy’s mother told police that Jesus “Chu Cho” Leyva took their child despite an existing restraining order preventing him from having contact with the toddler.
Investigators said Leyva was unstable and may hurt his son, Jesus Mendoza. In addition, family members warned that Leyva may kill himself and Jesus if confronted by police.
A cousin later admitted to police that he gave Leyva a ride to Central California with the boy. He said he dropped the pair off at Merced, Calif. on Thursday, July 26. He said the boy had not been harmed and Leyva was trying to escape into Mexico.
Portland police, Crime Stoppers seek 3-year-old boy missing with father
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, is asking for help locating an abducted 3-year-old boy.
At 12:45 a.m. Thursday, the mother of Jesus Merino Mendoza flagged down officers in the
6800 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street, said Officer Catherine Kent, a police
spokeswoman. The mother said the boy’s father, Jesus Merino Leyva, also known as Chu
Cho, took him from her home.
Investigators believe the father is mentally unstable and poses an immediate threat to the child, Kent said. A Multnomah County restraining order against him prohibits contact with the mother or child.
Merino Leyva, 37, is described as 5-foot-5 and 180 pounds, with black hair, clean-shaven face and brown eyes.
The 3-year-old boy is described as about 3-foot-2 and 36 pounds, with short-cropped brown hair and a faint V-shaped birthmark on his forehead. He was last seen wearing a blue jersey-style tank top with a numeral on the front, blue shorts and sandals.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of as much as $1,000 for information to locate the boy. Call 503-823-HELP (4357).
Anyone with additional information may call Detective Mike Weinstein of the Missing Persons Unit at 503-823-0446.
If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons using the contact form below or contact Cue Center at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687.
All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.