Details of Disappearance Maria disappeared from Dallas, Texas on November 25, 2015. The family was preparing the Thanksgiving meal the night before Thanksgiving Day, when Maria and her two sisters asked if they could go outside and play with the neighbors. They left the house between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m., and Maria's stepfather saw all three girls in the yard at 9:00. A few minutes later, Maria's mother, Kathleen Rodriguez, called for her children to come inside. The other two girls did, but Maria never returned and has never been heard from again.
Maria spent most of her life in Mexico. When she was a baby, her paternal grandmother took her there and Rodriguez wasn't allowed to have contact with her for years. About a year before Maria disappeared, she was returned to Rodriguez's care after there were allegations that she had been sexually abused by a relative in Mexico. She occasionally acted out, possibly because of the sexual abuse, and once ran away from home, but she was only gone for a few hours.
On the night of her November 2015 disappearance, Maria had no money and no coat. Her mother described her as a very naive, trusting teenager. She may still be in Dallas, or she may be in Balch Springs, Texas or Cedar Hill, Texas. Although Maria is classified as a runaway, her mother believes she may be in danger. Her case remains unsolved.
- Dallas Police Department
Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 5, 2020; three pictures added, details of disappearance updated.