Family, police still searching for St. Edward’s student

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It’s been more than a week since since Eleno Efren Valle vanished from St. Edward’s University.

Elleno Efren Valle was last seen at 6:30 on February 6th. Valle told his roommate he was leaving their room at Casa Dormitory at St. Edward’s University to go on a walk. His family reported him missing Friday.

Valle is 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighs 117 pounds. The 20-year-old male has black hair and brown eyes. Valle does not have a vehicle and has not used his cell phone since he went missing.

On February 7th, St. Edward’s police began a full investigation. Mischelle Diaz, director of communication for the university, says authorities searched campus and a nearby wooded area Friday. She said police also met with Valle’s roommate and friends. In addition, police have added his name to the state’s missing persons databases.

Police searched for Valle in the nearby Blunn Creek Nature preserve again Saturday, according to Diaz. She said officers also began going door-to-door in all residence halls on campus searching for any information.

Family members tell KXAN that Valle has been off of his anti-depressant medication for several weeks and that they are extremely worried for his safety. Diaz says police do not suspect foul play at this time.

“Well I just want to know where he is, is he safe because I don’t know, all these things are going through my head, did he get mugged…I don’t know,” said Valle’s sister, Elizabeth Valle. “Very anxious and worried and I just wish I could see him.”

On Saturday, the university was scoured again with the help of search dogs. No clues leading to Valle were found.

Valle’s father asked for a sign that he was alive.

“I want to tell him that if he decides not to go to school anymore, don’t worry,” said Eleno Valle. “I just want to know where he is and if he’s okay. Please give me a call and let me know where you are. And if you don’t want to tell me where you’re at, just tell me you’re okay. I just want you to come back home.”

Officials urge anyone with information about Valle’s disappearance to call the St. Edward’s Police Department at 512-448-8444. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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