Man in police custody providing information in Zoe Campos investigation

Zoe Campos Search: The Latest

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Nine days after a break in the missing person’s case of Zoe Campos, a man in police custody was being escorted around a house by police on Friday, Nov. 16. Officials say the man is providing information to police directly related to the search for the remains of Zoe Campos. A bone was discovered in the backyard of that same house on Nov. 7, 2018 after receiving tips to the Lubbock Police Department. The man, who was in handcuffs, was led into the house in the 1900 block of 70th Street through a side gate. The house is just west of Lowery Field.

The identity of the man has not been released to the media and there are no details on how long he has been in custody.

A Bone was Discovered

The search is connected to the investigation into Zoe Campos' disappearance in 2013.
The search is connected to the investigation into Zoe Campos' disappearance in 2013.

Police confirm the bone found in the backyard of the home is related to the investigation into the disappearance of Zoe Campos. Zoe went missing on Nov. 17, 2013. Police have not released information on if the bone is human or not.

A search warrant was served on Thursday, November 15 to search the inside of a house in the 1900 block of 70th Street. The search warrant says investigators are searching for blood evidence, trace evidence and human remains.

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The woman who lives in the house did not live there in 2013 when 18-year-old Zoe Campos went missing. She is currently staying in a hotel until the search is complete.

Since Nov. 7, when the bone was found, investigators have been to the property with specialized equipment to search for other possible bones and/or evidence.

Another Area is Searched

Lubbock Police Mounted Patrol (Caleb Holder/KCBD)
Lubbock Police Mounted Patrol (Caleb Holder/KCBD)

Just a few blocks away, Mounted Patrol officers with the Lubbock Police Department spent Wednesday afternoon searching an area between 66th Street and South Loop 289, just east of I-27. Officials with the Lubbock Police Department confirmed the search of that area was also part of the Zoe Campos investigation.

On Nov. 15, the Lubbock Police Mobile Emergency Response Center RV was taken to the house on 70th Street. That evening, the search warrant was issued to look inside of the house.

What Happened to Zoe?

Saturday will be the fifth anniversary since Zoe Campos was last seen. She disappeared on November 17, 2013 at the age of 18.

On the evening of November 17, then 18-year-old Zoe was last seen on surveillance video with her sister at Copper Caboose Restaurant near Avenue Q. After dinner, Zoe and her sister went back to her apartment at 3532 50th Street. This was the last time family members saw Zoe.

According to police, at some point that night, Zoe left her apartment. She had plans to pick her mother up from work the next day on November 18th, but Zoe never arrived.

Her mother called police and reported her missing. Investigators were able to determine Zoe's last outgoing text message was to her mother at approximately 1:30 a.m. on November 18.

Investigators were able to track the text location to the area of Lowery Field. Three days after she went missing, Zoe’s aunt spotted her car being driven by an unknown male. She immediately began to follow the car but lost sight of the vehicle. A short while later, the car was found abandoned at Driftwood Apartments at 5501 Utica Avenue. It is still unclear who was driving the vehicle.

About a year and four months after Zoe went missing, her mother Melinda Campos and private detectives she hired organized a search party, to search around Lowery Field, since that is where her phone last pinged. Her phone could have been anywhere within a one-mile radius of Lowery Field. Search crews also were told a junk yard behind Jaguars, along Highway 87, needed to be checked thoroughly. The searches came up empty. But now, years later, a bone was found within that radius of where Zoe’s phone pinged.

There is hope that someone will come forward with clues as to what led to Zoe’s disappearance. If you have any information, please call Crime Line at 806-741-1000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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