Mary Lou Sena

Mary Lou, circa 1979; Age-progression to age 42 (circa 2012)

  • Missing Since 09/22/1979
  • Missing From Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race Hispanic
  • Date of Birth 03/02/1970 (50)
  • Age 9 years old
  • Height and Weight 4'5, 50 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A red halter top.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes.

Details of Disappearance

Mary Lou was last seen in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 22, 1979. She disappeared with her cousin, Billy Sena. They were last seen in the vicinity of Edith Road and the 300 block of Mountain Road northeast in the Martineztown neighborhood at 10:00 a.m. They left to go to the post office and never returned. Neither of them have been heard from again.

The circumstances of the Sena children's disappearances are unclear; there are theories that they ran away, were abducted or accidentally got locked into a railcar while playing. There were rumors that they had been murdered and buried in the basement of a house in the Martineztown area, but this story was never confrimed.

Authorities identified a possible suspect in the children's disappearances in 2011: Michael Cordova, who was Billy's mother's live-in boyfriend in 1979. Billy's sister stated Cordova was a drug dealer and grew marijuana in the family's backyard. His sister remembers that shortly before Billy and Mary Lou vanished, one of Cordova's marijuana plants went missing. Cordova blamed Billy for it and beat him severely.

Authorities are trying to find and question Cordova, and they're also looking for a woman named Liza Ramirez, who lived at Billy's residence in 1979.

Billy was a sixth-grader at Truman Middle School at the time of his disappearance, and Mary Lou was a fourth-grader at Longfellow Elementary School. Most of the children's relatives are deceased, but Billy's sister and Mary Lou's mother are alive. Their cases remain unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Albuquerque Police Department 505-242-2677

Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 6, 2017; clothing/jewelry description added, details of disappearance updated.