In a startling revelation, the Houston Police Department announced that Rudy Farias, the man who had reportedly been missing for eight years, was not actually missing during that time, Your Content has learned.
HPD authorities disclosed this information during a press conference held on Thursday, shedding new light on the mysterious case that captivated the nation overnight.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the department’s investigation is ongoing and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
According to an HPD Lieutenant, Farias, who is now 25 years old, returned home the day after his family reported him missing in 2015, Houston Public Media reported.
Initially, his family had reported that he disappeared while walking his dogs. It was also discovered that Farias and his mother, Janie Santana, had provided false names and birth dates to the authorities during previous encounters with HPD.
The HPD Lieutenant revealed, “Rudy’s mother continued to deceive police by remaining adamant that he was still missing.” However, neither Farias nor Santana will face charges from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for making false reports at this time.
Detective Christopher Zamora added that Santana “continued to deceive police by remaining adamant that Rudy was still missing.”
“It is a criminal offense to give false names (to police),” Zamora also said during a Thursday news conference. “There were instances when he did that, and his mother. At this time, our DA has declined to accept charges until our investigation is complete.”
During the press conference, officials stated that they have contacted adult protective services to ensure Farias has the necessary support to recover.
However, based on Farias’ statement to the authorities, there were no reports of sexual abuse. Authorities clarified that Farias is currently safe and has chosen to return to his mother.
The case took a confusing turn after the Texas Center for the Missing announced on Sunday that Farias had been found alive, as Your Content previously reported.
In a statement shared with ABC 13, Farias’ family mentioned that he is currently nonverbal and unable to communicate due to trauma, and they requested privacy during his healing process.
Contradicting the family’s claim, neighbors came forward stating that they had seen Farias in the neighborhood over the past few years and had even spent time with him.
Some claimed that Farias used to visit their homes and hang out with their relatives. However, they admitted not having seen him in recent weeks.
These testimonies contradicted Farias’ mother’s account, who had previously stated that he was found unresponsive outside a church with cuts and bruises, leading to his hospitalization.
Activist Quanell X alleged that Farias informed him about years of abuse at the hands of his mother. However, authorities addressed these claims during the press conference, without directly mentioning Quanell. They confirmed that the investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Adding to the complexity of the case, HPD revealed that Farias’ family had reported in 2018 that he was staying behind a relative’s home.
Despite a search conducted by the police, Farias was not found on the property.
As Your Content readers know, the mom of ‘missing’ Rudy Farias could face serious criminal charges for the bizarre turn of events that unfolded after her son reappeared after vanishing for eight years.
“The charges could range from kidnapping, to sexual assault, to child endangerment.” Connecticut based criminal defense attorney Norm Pattis told Your Content. “It is a truly bizarre set of allegations.”
Pattis said the charges depend on the mental state of Rudy—who was allegedly held captive by his mother for eight years.
“A lot depends on the mental health of Mr. Farias. I suspect police are working hard to try to corroborate his allegations,” concluded Pattis.
As the investigation continues, the Houston Police Department declined to comment further when approached by Your Content, citing the ongoing nature of the case.