On June 19th, 2015, Janet Castrejon and her parents arrived at Rustler Park campground around 2:00PM in their RV to find a picnic area, prep dinner and set up for their Father’s Day weekend in the mountains. Other family and friends were to arrive later that evening. Around 6:30PM, while still light out, Janet and her mom left the RV to deposit the campground fee in the designated self-pay station a short walk along a dirt road downhill and around a curve from where the RV was parked.
Once the fee was deposited, Janet’s mom asked Janet if she wanted to go to the restroom a little further downhill from the fee station. Janet said she wanted to return to the RV instead, so they separated. Her mom walked downhill and Janet began making her way uphill toward the campsite. It wasn’t more than two minutes when Janet’s mom came out of the restroom and couldn’t see her anywhere. She quickly walked to the RV, hoping to find Janet there.
When her mom asked her dad if Janet had arrived, he said he’d been watching the rear view mirror but never spotted her. They immediately left the RV calling out and searching for Janet along the dirt paths but there was nothing but silence. She simply vanished.
They’d searched for an hour when Oscar, Janet’s brother, arrived with his wife and two small children only to be greeted with the news of Janet’s disappearance. At that point, Oscar drove to a spot where his cell phone could pick up enough signal to call 911 and report Janet missing. They all continued to search well into the night until Search and Rescue arrived around 2:00AM. No sign of Janet was found. Several dog teams were brought in to search for Janet’s scent over the next few days but the only scent they found was along the very road she’d walked on with her mom. Every indication points to an abduction. Janet is incapable of having walked far on her own. She has limited vision in only one eye, she is heavy-set and avoids having to exert herself.
Janet suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was 17 years old from a car accident that left her with short-term memory loss and a mental capacity of a 5-7 year old child. She has been completely dependent on her parents since she came out of a month-long coma after the car accident. She had learned to walk and talk again but remained limited in her learning ability. So she’s been living in a child-like mind ever since, innocent as a child as well.
It has been weeks now and we have been experiencing intense pain of what she may be suffering, intense sorrow and desperation in helplessness of not knowing where she is, what could be happening to her, and lack of knowledge and ability to find her and bring her back home. Detectives have no new leads and FBI has not gotten involved despite our multiple requests. Her age disqualifies her as a child in dire need. But she is most definitely in dire need. Until proven otherwise, we march under the assumption and determination that she is alive.
Please help us publish her story as far and wide as possible. Someone somewhere could know something about Janet and it may just be a matter of reaching them so that they’ll speak up. We are offering $20,000 USD for information leading to her safe return.
Rustler Park campground is located in the Chiricahua Mountains of the Coronado National Forest in southeast Arizona.
N 31.906321, W 109.277785
42D Forest Rd, San Simon, AZ 85632