Last week, remains were discovered in a canal in Texas. They have been positively identified as teen Nahomi Rodriguez, who went missing last July.
Finding the remains:
A farmer working on the canal discovered bones on Saturday. Authorities have been able to positively identify the remains as Nahomi’s using dental records.
Authorities are now investigating the case as a homicide.
On Monday, Harlingen Police Chief Jefferey Addickes held a press conference, where he said: “There was a lot of evidence recovered at the scene. We are very hopeful that, bringing Nahomi home, that we find the person or persons responsible.”
A number of Nahomi’s family members also spoke at the Monday press conference. Ramiro Rodriguez, Nahomi’s father, requested those with information to come forward.
Speaking to reporters, Ramiro said: “We need help. Anybody, somebody knows something. We need her friends’ help to get to the bottom of this. Somebody knows something. That’s it.”
A plea for help:
Since Nahomi’s disappearance on the night of July 17, after leaving work at a McDonald’s in Harlingen, Texas, her family has been extremely active in their search for her.
Nahomi’s aunt, Enedina Sanchez, said: “This has been a very difficult case since day one. I want this day to be focused on that we have: a major case here. We have a person, a young teenager, who went missing and someone is responsible for this.”
On the night Nahomi vanished, a person was captured on security video pulling into the McDonald’s parking lot, police are still searching for them. In the same video, Nahomi can be seen walking toward the grey or light-colored SUV, then walks out of camera range.
Another video from a camera inside the fast food restaurant, capture the same person and vehicle, according to investigators. The man, who is wearing a black shirt and a white cap, pulls up the drive-through window, it appears that he and Nahomi know one another, as she can be seen giving him a fist bump.
Authorities said that they consider the driver of that car as a person of interest in the case.
During the Monday press conference, Enedina, Nahomi’s aunt, spoke directly to the person responsible for her death saying: “I just want to let you know that, whoever you are, trust me: These gentlemen back here will be looking for you. We will find you.”