UPD issues missing student alert

Updated Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. 

Hilltop Views has tracked down more details about missing student Eleno Efren Valle who was reported missing via a St. Edward’s University Police Department alert early this morning. 

A sophomore accounting major, Valle lives on campus with Nathan Jebe in the Basil Moreau Casas. They’ve only known each other since they became roommates at the start of this school year.

“If you didn’t know him, he really wouldn’t talk, but he was always friendly and amicable,” said Jebe. 

Before Jebe headed to class Thursday evening, Feb. 6, he said Valle told him he was going for a walk. When he didn’t return that night, he wasn’t sure to be concerned because while he knew Valle to always return to sleep in his bed on weekdays, he knew school was canceled the next day and thought that Valle might be out with friends. 

He became more seriously worried when Valle’s sister, St. Edward’s Freshman Elizabeth Valle, approached him the next day around 1:30 p.m. to ask if he had seen Valle. Elizabeth had been sent by her parents who were concerned when Valle didn’t not answer their calls that morning. 

Valle’s family lives in Elgin and his parents routinely check in with Valle and his sister every Friday to see if they are coming home for the weekend, which they often do. 

Following her discussion with her brother’s roommate, Elizabeth contacted her parents who immediately came to campus to start searching and to contact University Police. 

His family has never known Eleno Valle to be out of contact like this. They have been checking his Facebook as well as his debit card and cell phone activity online but have yet to find anything. 

“He is a good son and a good brother,” said his father, also named Eleno Valle. Eleno is the oldest brother of an eight-member family. 

Knowing Valle to always be with his computer, they are puzzled as to why he would leave both his laptop and phone charger behind. They fear he has stopped taking the medication for depression he has been on for the last year. 

The Valle family urges everyone in and outside the St. Edward’s community to call the police if they have any word on Eleno’s whereabouts. 

Updated Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. 

According to Mischelle Diaz, university spokeswoman, Valle is a residential student who was reported missing by his parents Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. He was last seen the night before, Feb. 6 around 4:45 p.m., when he told his roommate that he was going on a walk.

UPD has since notified Texas Crime Information Center, an agency that provides immediate, around-the-clock access to law enforcement agencies for instances including missing persons. They have also notified Austin Regional Intelligence Center which works throughout Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties as well hospitals and police stations throughout the state. 

On Friday, UPD conducted a door-to-door search of Valle’s residence hall and today UPD is working with APD to conduct a second search of the wooded area between the main St. Edward’s University campus and I-35. 

“St. Edward’s is a small, tightly knit community, so when any student might be in trouble, it affects the whole community,” said Mischelle Diaz in a statement on how the university is responding.

Updated Feb. 8 at 8:42 a.m. 

At 9:23 a.m. this morning, the St. Edward’s University Police Department issued a campus-wide missing student alert for Eleno Efren Valle. 

According to the UPD email, signed by Chief of Police Rudolph Rendon, Valle is 20 years old, 5-foot-8, 117 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen Feb. 6 at 3001 S. Congress Ave. 

If seen, UPD is asking for people to contact them at 512-448-8444.

Hilltop Views will continue to follow this story as it develops.