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Missing mentally disabled man Ruben Santos found dead

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Ruben Santos

RACINE (WITI) — A 57-year-old mentally disabled man from Racine who went missing on December 22nd has been found dead.

The family of Ruben Santos says the man was found just after 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 27th in a semi-wooded area in the 5100 block of 21st St.

Santos’ daughter, Marta Santos, was with a group of people looking for the man when they discovered his body.

Santos’ other daughter, Rosa Ramos says the family is looking into pursuing legal action against the assisted living facility Santos walked away from.

Racine Police are actively investigating Santos’ death however they say there has been no indication of foul play.

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17 comments

  • Brittany

    this happens way to often with assisted living homes. the dont take care of there people they are supposed to but have no problem taking money. I feel so bad for this family. something needs to be done

  • Johnny Metro

    Bring on the lawsuits. Happens in a lot of places and the lawsuits are put under the rug with no public knowledge of other families who have loved ones in these homes to know otherwise!

  • Nurse1

    This is a tragedy. However, I don’t know how the assisted living is responsible. Assisted living centers are not nursing homes. They are like apartments with someone there to assist with medications. Other than that, the individual is free to do what he/she wants. The individual can come and go as he pleases.

    • Rosa Ramos

      Yes, but in my dads condition it was different. He was in great danger if he left the home because without guidance he would not even know how to eat. That’s why I believe that is a huge responsible part of them to know where he was at all times. Strict supervision to say the less and they knew all about my dads history and sickness and they where more than willing to take that responsibility and gave us the comfort that our dad was to be in good hands.

  • Rosa Ramos

    jo jo, We are not looking for a payday. We are just looking for answers to why. As far as you don’t know is that they have not had the courtesy of at least speaking of what happened. So, Please if you don’t know, don’t comment.

  • Rosa Ramos

    and I hope that you never have to go through to what we have and to never have the need for responsible staff or home to take care of a love one.

  • kb3

    My condolences to the Ramos family, but you should probably look into who placed him in a facility no designed to deal with your father’s medical and mental issues. Of course the facility is going to try and reassure you hewas in good hands… But if they ( staff ) aren’t even formally trained to recognize his behaviors or issues, they wouldn’t know there would be a problem. Some agency was in charge of finding an appropriate facility capable of caring for him. If it wasn’t an agency, and it was family who chose where to place him… Then , unfortunately, you might not have any recourse.

  • Santana

    So very sorry sorry for your loss. It is not easy to lose a parent especially like this. May you find the comfort that only our Lord and Savior can give you.

  • One in a million

    So horrible they allowed that man to walk right out of there! They should DEFF be held responsible for allowing him to walk out and for the pain his children have to feel, they should NOT have lost their father this way!

  • Lois Norton

    I am sorry for your loss and my prayers go out to the family in this time of need. Hopefully you will find out what happen to have this end this way. Judgement of the situation should not be made until all facts are put forth. We should not be judging the family, but should be sending our prayers.

  • anfran43

    My condolences to Ruben’s family. What a tragic loss you have suffered. It was very apparent watching you on the news how loving and dedicated you were to him. Please pay no attention to the folks on here who want to make assessments about the situation without knowing anything about it.

  • anfran43

    Are you kidding Jo Jo? Clearly you have no idea what is involved in caring for someone with mental disabilities. They need 24/7 care and MOST families are not equipped or available to provide that kind of that care on their own. This man DIED and you are going to blame the family? Shame on you, where is your empathy?

  • Elena Barajas-Echeverria

    Rosa and Marta, my sister and I went to Horlick with the both of you and I want you guys to know that you were in our prayers since we heard the news when your Dad went missing. I am so sorry about what happened. May God give you all the strength needed.

  • Rosie Martinez

    I am very sorry for your loss. That day was a whirlwind…I drove up to Racine with the hopes of finding him alive. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way. Finding him brings the family closure, of giving their loved one a funeral, but doesn’t heal this tragedy…… I had the pleasure of working with Ruben many many years ago. At the assisted living where we had him, we had round the clock care for him and were VERY aware of his situation- which is why we had round the clock care for him and even had an alarm on his door at night that would sound off if he was trying to leave. More should’ve been done from the instant that he was discovered missing- the fact that he had a brain injury made it that more urgent! My thoughts and prayers are with the Santos family….Love, Rosie

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