Authorities said they are now investigating the possibility that Enrique Huerta-Ruiz, 85, may have fled to Mexico, where he owns property.
Ruiz was reported missing Sunday afternoon from his Aurora Township residence on North Farnsworth Avenue, according to Kane County sheriff’s police. Family members said they had had no contact with Ruiz since Friday, when he left home and told family members he was going for a walk in the Oakhurst Forest Preserve, authorities said.
Police on Sunday asked for the public’s help in locating Ruiz, but on Monday they said they learned he was facing trial.
According to court records, Ruiz was due to be tried in Kane County on Dec. 9 for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13. Charging documents indicate the abuse took place over a six-year period beginning in 2004.
He was charged in June 2011, and a judge set his bail at $250,000. A family member posted the $25,000 cash bond that allowed Ruiz to remain free as he awaited trial, according to court records.
Although the new information has broadened the search, police were still concentrating on the forest preserve and were conducting a daylight search, Lt. Pat Gengler of the sheriff’s police said Monday.
Ruiz was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket, police said. He is described as five feet, seven inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds with grey hair.