UPDATE: Missing elderly couple found in Sierra Blanca


POSTED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 10:40am

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 11:19am

UPDATE: El Paso police said the elderly couple has been located in Sierra Blanca and they appear to be OK.

ORIGINAL STORY: A plea for help after an elderly couple from the Lower Valley goes missing.

"We're very worried, scared. We're waiting to hear what we hope to hear that they found them," daughter said Belinda Arnold.

The children, grandchildren, and friends of Martha and Ricardo Beltran are gathered at their home on Foster Drive waiting, watching TV for any news, consoling each other and above all, praying for their loved ones' safe return.

The 75-year-old couple was last seen at the Big 8 on Loop 375 and Yarborough Saturday morning buying groceries for one of their typical weekend trips.

"They like to take their weekend drive and sometimes they'll end up at my house and they'll spend the night for the evening or they'll even go as far as Carlsbad or Ruidoso," said Arnold.

The couple is driving a white 2005 Hyundai Tucson. It has Texas license plate DBF-247.

Ricardo Beltran is diabetic and undergoes dialysis treatments three times a week.

The couple's daughter, Belinda said despite those medical conditions and their old age, her parents enjoy life.

"They're wonderful people. They are loved by so many people. They've got friends, so many friends, they're very much alive, and they love to dance," said Arnold.

The couple has six children, 15 grandchild and five great grandchildren.

Their daughters said their mom and dad are the backbone of their large family.

"They mean everything to us. They are why we are here. They build our family and they have kept us together," said daughter Nancy Peters.

Now, they're asking for your help to bring them back home.

"Please keep a look out on an elderly couple that could be stranded and may need help," said Arnold.

"I miss you mom and dad. Come home," said Peters.
The couple's daughters said they're unsure if their father has his medication with him for his diabetes.

Martha and Ricardo Beltran are driving a white 2005 Hyundai Tucson with Texas License Plate Number DBF-247.

If you see them, please call police immediately.

The El Paso Police Department is asking for help locating a missing elderly couple.  Ricardo Beltran, 75, and Martha Irma Beltran, 75, were last seen on Feb. 16 at their home on 200 Foster St. in the Lower Valley.  Police said the couple mentioned to family that they were going to take a drive in their white 2005 Hyundai Tucson SUV. 

Friends and family have not heard from the couple since and say this is very unusual for the couple. Ricardo suffers from various medical conditions that require daily medication. The couple is known to frequent the desert areas near Montana Vista and Red Sands.

Anyone who has seen the couple is asked to call police immediately.

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