Rudolph “Rudy” Farias IV, who had been missing for an astounding eight years, was found alive and in “bad shape.” As a young 17-year-old boy in Houston, Rudy had gone out walking with his two dogs on March 6th, 2015.
Only the two animals returned home safely, leaving no trace of Rudy behind; however, his family and friends had already been worried about him since 2011 when his brother — described as Rudy’s “best friend in the world” — tragically died in a motorcycle accident.
After this traumatic event, Rudy suffered from depression and anxiety and even attempted suicide.
He was extremely vulnerable when he went missing in 2015 and this fact has made many conservatives reflect on how important it is to provide mental health services for those who are struggling.
Private investigator Brenda Paradise noted that Rudy “has just gone through so much more than anyone his age ever should” and emphasized how heartbreaking it was for her team to search through rain-soaked fields looking for any sign of him.
Despite these efforts by multiple investigators over the ensuing weeks, there was still no trace of Rudy until Saturday (July 1st) when Texas Center for the Missing issued an update stating:
“Update: 7/1/23– After 8 long years, Rudy has been located safe…Please continue to keep his family in your prayers as Rudy recovers in the hospital.”
According to The Blaze:
It turns out that some individuals had spotted Rudy unresponsive near a church. He was covered in cuts and bruises and had blood in his hair.
His mother believes he had been severely beaten and abused. Though she said he is currently in “bad shape,” she is just glad that he is alive.
For now, very few questions have been answered regarding the circumstances of his disappearance, his whereabouts the past eights years, and how he came to be at the church.
His mother told KTRK that Rudy can speak only a few words at a time before clamming up. He then curls up in the fetal position. Doctors and therapists are expected to begin working with him soon, perhaps even this week.
Texas EquuSearch, which was also involved in the search to find Rudy, is elated by the news. “How did this happen? We believe in miracles and this certainly was a miracle,” said director Tim Miller. “I can’t even tell you how many times we searched and how many leads and tips came in and they just kind of faded away and now all of a sudden, this.”