The Missing Person's Case of

Jose "Che" Dominguez

Jose "Che" Dominguez

On August 2, 1981, 16 year old Jose Dominguez left his home to meet with friends near Stribley Community Park in Stockton, CA. He never returned home. Initially police believed the teenager may have run away but he was never seen again and never in contact with his family. 

Jose Dominguez went to Franklin High School where he was on the wrestling team and played trumpet in the school’s jazz band. 

In 1989 investigators dropped charges in this case against a person of interest when a witness recanted their testimony. In 2021, the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office recovered a set of partial remains while continuing to investigate this current cold case. Those remains were undergoing DNA testing to see if they are those of Jose Dominguez.

Jose Dominguez is described by the FBI at the time of his disappearance as a white-hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. He was 5”4 tall and 116 pounds. The day he disappeared he was wearing a t-shirt with a cancer zodiac sign and the word “Che” printed on the bottom, a pair of gray corduroy pants and gray tennis shoes. 

There is a $10,000 reward from Stockton Crime Stoppers and a $5,000 reward from the FBI for any information in this case leading to an arrest and conviction.

Age Progression by NMEC

If you have any information about the disappearance of Jose “Che” Dominguez please contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit at 209-468-5087 or the Stockton Crime Stoppers at 209-946-0600. 

More Information:

Rocha, Angelaydet. “Partial Human Remains Recovered in Connection with Jose “Che” Dominguez’s 1981 Disappearance.” The Stockton Record, Dec. 23, 2021.

Macht, Daniel. “Stockton teen Jose “Che” Dominguez vanished 40 years ago. DNA testing on newly found remains is underway.” KCRA, Dec 23, 2021.

San Joaquin County Sheriff's Cold Case Task Force: