Derrick Tenorio was only 21 years-old when he vanished on August 5th, 2011. Derrick is a member of the Navajo Nation tribe, and he lived in Steamboat, Arizona prior to his disappearance. He was last seen between 11pm and 12am on the day he disappeared, walking towards the Steamboat Hill area to visit his girlfriend. Derrick never arrived, and has never been seen or heard from again.
Derrick left behind two toddler children, and his girlfriend was pregnant with another child at the time he disappeared as well. His family members do not believe that he is voluntarily missing. In fact, three months after Derrick’s disappearance, his sibling Mercedes Tenorio wrote a letter to the Navajo Times that stated that Derrick was badly beaten by people he trusted on the night he vanished. The individuals who allegedly beat Derrick have not been publicly identified and it is unclear if the incident is related to Derrick’s disappearance.
Mercedes also stated that gang violence is on the rise in the Navajo Nation, however Derrick’s family members said that he was not affiliated with any gang members at the time of his disappearance. There have been very few leads in Derrick’s case, but his family members remain hopeful that they will one day have answers about what happened to him. If you have any information that could lead to his whereabouts, please contact the Navajo Nation Police Department at 928-871-6111.