Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez

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Above Images: Melissa, circa 2013


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 19, 2013 from Collingdale, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 31 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'5, 130 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Melissa wears eyeglasses. Some agencies refer to her as Melissa Rodriguez.
  • Medical Conditions: A yellow flowered dress or gray pajama pants and a t-shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Melissa was last seen leaving home in the 400 block of Lafayette Avenue in Collingdale, Pennsylvania on April 19, 2013. She planned to take a train to Newark, New Jersey to visit a friend for the weekend, but never arrived there and has never been heard from again. Her estranged husband, Jose Rodriguez, said he didn't hear from her all weekend, and she didn't respond when he sent her a text message on April 21. He reported her missing on the 23rd.

    Melissa and Jose were separated at the time of her disappearance. Their marriage was troubled; the police had been to the home multiple times in response to domestic disputes, and Melissa found out Jose had had a child by another woman. She herself was seeing another man, and told her family she wanted a divorce. Melissa filed for a protection order in February 2013, but withdrew it two weeks later. Jose now lives in New Jersey with the couple's two daughters. He maintains his innocence in his wife's disappearance. Police stated Jose had been uncooperative in the investigation and gave contradictory stories as to when he last saw Melissa and what she was wearing.

    Melissa didn't have a credit card at the time of her disappearance, and she left her car behind at home. She was due to start a new job on April 22 and was excited about it. It's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Collingdale Police Department

    Delaware County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    The Philadelphia Daily News
    KTVU 2
    CBS San Francisco
    The Contra Costa Times
    The Daily Mail
    NBC Philadelphia
    The Delco Times


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 17, 2016; picture added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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