Marta Haydee Rodriguez

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Above: Rodriguez, circa 1989

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 26, 1989 from Arlington, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Rodriguez goes by her middle name, Haydee. Her hair is naturally brown, but it was bleached blonde at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue skirt, a blouse and a gold ring with the letter K on the front.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Haydee was last seen in Arlington, Virginia on May 26, 1989. She worked as a nurse's aide at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen leaving for work.

    Her estranged husband, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, was charged with abduction after a police officer witnessed him in a struggle with Marta outside her home in the 1800 block of Wilson Boulevard on March 29, nearly two months prior to her disappearance. Haydee had previously accused Jose of beating her, threatening her with a knife and taping her mouth, and said he had told her if he couldn't have her, no one could. The court date for the abduction case was set for May 18, but Haydee never showed up to testify, and the charges against Jose were dropped as a result. Seven days later, Haydee's roommate reported her missing.

    In 2000, eleven years after Haydee's disappearance, police got a report that she was alive and well in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The authorities there went to the reported current address to speak to her. The missing persons report was closed at that time.

    A photo of Jose is posted below this case summary. In April 2017, he was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Pamela Butler, who disappeared from Washington D.C. on February 12, 2009. Her body has never been found. Police have learned that the Florida woman they'd spoken to in 2000 was in fact Jose's second wife's sister and she'd impersonated Haydee, using Haydee's date of birth and other identifying information which Jose supplied to her. The real Haydee has not been seen since 1989.

    Jose pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Butler's case in October 2017; he confessed that he'd beaten and strangled her to death after an argument. He is the prime suspect in Haydee's disappearance. A witness reported he'd seen Jose hold a gun to Haydee's head, and that he'd found and read a letter that Jose wrote, stating he was responsible for Haydee's disappearance. The witness had given the letter back to Jose and never saw it again.

    Haydee's remains unsolved and is being investigated as a homicide.

    Jose Rodriguez-Cruz
    Above: Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, circa 2009

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Arlington County Police Department
    703-558-2222

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    Source Information
    Virginia State Police
    The Washington Post
    NamUs
    Fox 5 DC

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 4, 2017; casefile added.

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