The victims were 13-year old Charlie Keever and 9-year old Jon Sellers. On March 27, 1993, both boys went bike riding on the trails in the Otay river valley. They visit a local fast food burger joint, a pet store and then cross the street to go into the river valley. They were never seen alive again. It is believed that while riding their bikes in a trail, they were lured to go into an igloo-like fort. It is here where they were molested, tortured and killed. Their bodies were discovered on March 29, 1993. Charlie was found on the ground. Jonathan was found hanging by a rope from a castor bean tree. DNA evidence led to the killer, Scott Erksine, who was found guilty of torture, sexual assault and murder. May the beautiful souls of these two boys rest in peace.
Gaby Gonzalez was a 14-year old girl when she went missing on April 5, 2002. Chula Vista police are treating the disappearance as a homocide. They believe her body was buried in the bottom of the Otay River Bottom in the Otay Valley Regional Park. A person of interest is her 19-year old boyfriend at the time, Juan Vera. Police are still looking for clues and asking the public’s help to recover Gaby and find her killer. Let's hope that one day Gaby's body and recovered and that her family finds closure. May she rest in peace.
Anthony Hofer’s body was found on August 27, 2015 in the brush off Heritage Road near the Otay river valley in Chula Vista. The night before, he and his mom were driving home. They had an argument in the car and Anthony decided to walk home. Police think he was walking along the bike lane and was hit by a hit-and-run driver. The police and his family are still looking for the driver responsible. Anthony was 17 years old. Let's hope that Anthony's killer is one day brought to justice.