Troubleshooters; Missing Headstone

Troubleshooters; Man Paid more than $5000.00 for a headstone in 2016. Where is it ?
Posted at 7:24 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 21:49:55-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A man says he paid a monument business more than $5,000.00 for a headstone 3 years ago.
And he's still waiting for it.

Leroy Torres has been waiting 3 years for an answer to a question.
"Why did you call us?"
"I paid about $5,000.00 for a headstone but haven't heard from the company since then," he told the Troubleshooters.

He still has the paperwork showing he paid Nueces Monuments more than $5,000.00 for a headstone for his father, on April 13, 2016.
But here we are, 3 years later.

Here's Torres' problem.
In September 2018, we reported there were 7 monuments sitting at CCPD's Impound Lot, ready to be claimed.
Former Lieutenant John Hooper told us they'd had custody of them since June 2016.
And had tried everything to get the word out to the public to come and get 'em.

According to Hooper, CCPD gained custody of the monuments after an investigation.
"I know that there was a criminal investigation. I know that criminal investigation from 2016 has been disposed of. It's over. It's finalized."

In 2016 Action Ten News did a series of reports on Nueces Monuments.
Rosa Ramos, the owner, told us she was filing for bankruptcy.
Just days before that, we'd received a tip that headstones were found discarded behind a business on Port.
Ramos acknowledged they belonged to Nueces Monument, saying she needed a place to work on them since she had to move out quickly.

"How long are you going to chase this," we asked Torres. "Whatever it takes," he told us.

We left a message for Ramos at a number we were given, but she has not returned our call.
We're also waiting on a return call from CCPD.