Missing Mom Who Vanished After Concert Was Also One Of El Paso's 'Most Wanted'

Erika Gaytan, who disappeared after a date on July 13, was facing 66 charges of credit card or debit card abuse after making more than $700 in charges.

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A missing Texas mom who mysteriously vanished after attending a concert with her date was facing dozens of criminal charges when she disappeared — and was once named to El Paso’s Most Wanted list.

Erika Gaytan, 29, was indicted on 66 charges of credit card or debit card abuse, totaling more than $700 in charges, and had been accused of making credit card purchases under the name Haydee Rivera before she disappeared, according to local station KFOX.

The missing mom was also arrested in September 2017 on suspicion of criminal mischief, after she was accused of scratching another woman’s car with an object, causing more than $2,500 worth of damage.

The allegations against her once earned her a spot on El Paso’s “Most Wanted” list in 2017, police confirmed to KVIA.

Gaytan had been scheduled to go to trial for the criminal mischief charge on Aug. 9, and is slated for trial in her credit card abuse charges in November.

Despite the charges against her, authorities don’t believe the criminal charges are related to her disappearance.

Erika Gaytan

Gaytan was last seen Saturday, July 13, at a concert at the El Paso Coliseum, where she had been on a date.  

The man she had been out with that night later allegedly said the two parted ways after the concert, when Gaytan called for an Uber, according to an earlier report from KVIA.

Authorities have said the young mom could be considered “endangered.”

As the weeks pass since Gaytan was last seen, her family is becoming increasingly concerned, and said that it's unlike her to leave without her 7-year-old son.

Her son’s father, Viktor Renovato, described Gaytan as a good mom, and told KFOX that he hasn’t spoken with her since the night she disappeared. In their last text exchange, she asked him to send her a photo of their son at the movies.

“Anything she’s doing, she always has her phone. This is not like her,” Renovato said.

El Paso police said that they are following multiple leads in the disappearance. Anyone with any information about the missing mom, who was last seen wearing a white dress in an image released by police, is urged to contact authorities.

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