SANTA FE (KRQE) - Santa Fe police are testing the DNA of a teen who looks very similar to Robbie Romero, the boy who 7 when he disappeared June 2000.
Police confirmed they are testing DNA of Robbie Terrezas, but his mother, Yolanda Armendariz, says there is no way her son is Robbie Romero. She provided photographs to News 13 but did not have any baby pictures of her son saying those photos were in Mexico.
"I feel sad," Armendariz said in Spanish. "His name is Roberto. I don't know why he used that last name when he has his own last name. I feel sad and obviously I don't feel good."
Robbie Terrazas added to the initial mystery saying he did not remember his childhood. But his mother said there may be a reason for that.
"He tried to kill himself," Armendariz said of an incident in March. "He wrapped some sheets around his neck."
The boy has suffered from emotional problems ever since, she added.
Evelyn Romero, Robbie's mother, told News 13 that back in December, family friends met Terrezas and thought he looked a lot like Robbie Romero. They also thought it was strange that the two had the same first name, and that Terrezas could not remember his childhood.
On Wednesday night, they took him to Evelyn Romero's home in Santa Fe. Police arrived and took DNA samples from her and Terrezas.
Evelyn Romero says she is trying to stay calm and not get her hopes up until the DNA test results come back. That could take up to a week.
Police have long suspected that Robbie Romero's older brother Ronnie accidentally ran him over then buried the body in the landfill. Ronnie was found dead of a heroin overdose in the Santa Fe County jail on Sept. 21, 2008.
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