Maria Elena Jimenez-Rodriguez

Jimenez-Rodriguez, circa 2018

  • Missing Since 06/21/2018
  • Missing From Houston, Texas
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race Hispanic
  • Date of Birth 10/30/1988 (31)
  • Age 29 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 115 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A dressy short-sleeved shirt (possibly green), pastel-colored slacks, brown ballet slipper type shoes and a pink Apple watch. Carrying a tan purse (possibly Coach or Michael Kors brand).
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Jimenez-Rodriguez may wear eyeglasses. Her ears are pierced and she has several moles on her face, including one on her right temple.

Details of Disappearance

Jimenez-Rodriguez was last seen in the 6900 block of Texarkana Street in Houston, Texas on June 21, 2018. She dropped her four-year-old daughter off at the babysitter's house next door, went home to get her purse and gym bag, and left again. Her brother watched her as she left the house to go to work.

She worked as a paralegal at Milledge Law Firm. She was usually at work by 8:00 a.m. or earlier, but she didn't arrive by then. At 8:57 a.m., a coworker got a message from her phone that said, "Good morning I am running late stuck in traffic." At 10:12 a.m., the coworker got another message saying, "Hey had to turn back around the nanny asked me to take [my daughter] because she’s not acting right."

Jimenez-Rodriguez's coworker repeatedly tried to call and text her back, but didn't hear back until another text came at 6:18 p.m. The third and final message said, "Sorry I’m ok and [my daughter] is fine but this red truck with two white boys or Hispanics seem like they been following me call you from a safe place."

Jimenez-Rodriguez has never been heard from again. The babysitter had not, in fact, contacted her after she left for work, and her coworker doesn't believe the final message from her phone was actually written by her.

The last message was longer than Jimenez-Rodriguez's texts usually were, and while her texts were always a mix of Spanish and English words, the final message was not. The message also referred to her daughter by a nickname her mother never used. Jimenez-Rodriguez's sister said she wouldn't have texted anyone if she thought she was in danger, but would have called 911 or used her vehicle's On-Star system instead.

The day after Jimenez-Rodriguez's disappearance, her silver truck was found abandoned. It was parked about half a mile from her home, and not along the route she would have normally taken to work. The truck was locked and in good running condition and her gym bag was inside it, but her purse, keys and phone were missing.

Authorities are investigating Jimenez-Rodriguez's case as a homicide. She's described as intelligent, outgoing, responsible and a devoted mother, and it's uncharacteristic of her to miss work or leave without warning. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Houston Police Department 832-394-1872

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated June 22, 2019; casefile added.