Loved ones search for teen who disappeared in East L.A.

Roberto Jesus Ledesma, 15, in a photo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


Loved ones are searching for a teenager who disappeared in East Los Angeles.

The critically missing boy was identified as Roberto Jesus Ledesma, 15, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Ledesma was last seen on Thursday, Feb. 29 on the 100 block of North Eastman Avenue at around 7:40 a.m.

The teen is described as a Hispanic male standing 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing around 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a black sweater, black pants and blue Puma brand shoes.

Ledesma’s family said he “suffers from a developmental disability and has the mental capacity of a five-year-old.”  

Roberto Jesus Ledesma, 15, in a photo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Roberto Jesus Ledesma, 15, in a photo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

They have not heard from the boy since his disappearance and are concerned for his well-being. His family said he had never run away before.

A “critically missing person” is defined as:
-A person who has no pattern of running away or disappearing
-A person in critical need of medical attention
-The victim of a crime or foul play
-The victim of a kidnapping or parental abduction
-A person who is mentally impaired to the extent that such person is unable to care for him or herself or is an immediate danger to his or her own safety or the safety of others

Anyone who may know of Ledesma’s whereabouts or has additional information can call the LASD’s East L.A. Station at 323-264-4151.

Anonymous tips can be provided to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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