The ortiz family

Gilbert, Jonathan, and Elizabeth Ortiz

Real Name: Jonathan Ortiz
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Redwood City, California
Date: March 17, 1992


Occupation: None
Date of Birth: May 13, 1990
Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown eyes, black hair.


Details: In Redwood City, California, Elizabeth Ortiz had a strained marriage with her husband, Gilbert, who struggled to stay ahead of her spending habits. She thought she had a way out of her money problems. Gilbert was using amino acid shakers to try and develop his physique, and she spiked one of them to poison him. One day while he was at work, he slipped into full cardiac arrest as a result of the poison but survived. Elizabeth created lies and fabricated insane scenarios to try and cover up her crime the whole time, but the second the police fingered her, she abducted their two-year-old son, Jonathan, and vanished.
Suspects: Elizabeth Ortiz
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 25, 1992 episode.
Results: Solved. Elizabeth was captured and arrested by the FBI and Mexican authorities without Jonathan near Guadalajara, Mexico, eight years after the attempted murder of Gilbert, mostly based on tips to America's Most Wanted. Jonathan finally turned up several months later and was returned to his father. Elizabeth got a life sentence plus six years for child abduction and bodily harm. Incredibly, she attempted an appeal in 2004 which was refused. During two separate incidents in 2010, Jonathan, now 20, brutally beat Gilbert, irrationally blaming him for his mother’s imprisonment. In January 2011, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting great bodily injury.

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