Cold Case Spotlight
August marks 15 years since Ruben “Yiyo” Tarin de Patino was found murdered.
Yiyo, 21, was found dead East of Wisconsin Road in the city of Edinburg in 2005.
“He was found burned,” said Hermelinda Chavez with the Hidalgo County Major Crimes Unit.
Yiyo was described by family and friends as confident and proud.
“She was described as a person who didn’t like to hide her lifestyle,” said Chavez. “She was never ashamed of how she dressed and she was very outgoing with a lot of friends.”
Yiyo was last seen by her mother on July 27.
She had met several friends and her sister during the day and assisted another friend with car trouble.
Yiyo came home and told her mother she was meeting yet another friend, this was around midnight.
“She would visit a lot of nightclubs around the area, McAllen and Edinburg,” said Chavez. “She was not aggressive but definitely defended herself.”
Chavez added all of the friends that Yiyo met on July 27 were interviewed and had alibis.
Investigators and family never confirmed who she had met, according to Chavez.
“Family never knew who she met, it was never confirmed,” said Chavez.