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Missing Cheryl Lynn Vasquez
Vasquez, circa 1987; David Wood
Missing Since 06/28/1987
El Paso, Texas
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 03/03/1968 (53)
Age 19 years old
Height and Weight 5'6 - 5'9, 110 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A white t-shirt imprinted with a design of small cartoon characters, new blue jeans and possibly white slip-on sandals or high-top sneakers.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Vasquez's ears are pierced. She may use the last names Dismukes and/or Vasquez-Dismukes.
Wood is a serial rapist who was paroled in January 1987, was later convicted of murdering six of the El Paso victims, though he maintains his innocence to this day. He was sentenced to death in 1993, but his sentence remains under appeal, as his lawyers allege he is mentally retarded.
The murders of El Paso girls and women stopped after Wood's October 1987 arrest for rape. He has not been charged in connection with Vasquez's case and it's unclear whether he was involved. A photo of Wood is posted with this case summary.
A week before she vanished, Vasquez married Robert Dismukes by proxy. He was serving a prison sentence for burglary and attempted murder at the time; in 1982, when he was eighteen, Dismukes was part of a criminal gang charged with over 30 break-ins in the El Paso area. Vasquez's loved ones don't know why she married him and speculated she may have been trying to help him avoid deportation. He now lives in Germany.
At the time of her disappearance, Vasquez worked at a fast food restaurant on Dyer Street and at the Matador Plastics factory in northeast El Paso. Dismukes's mother-in-law claims she knows people who saw her alive after her disappearance, but police believe foul play was involved in her case and Wood was responsible. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
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