A rare Puerto Rican case

Tomorrow I shall be posting the November 2000 disappearance of Yamaira Montes-Gonzalez. I don’t have too many Puerto Rican cases on Charley, in large part because I can’t read Spanish so most of the LE sources there are lost to me.

I am curious as to why Interpol is investigating Yamaira’s disappearance. The only thing I can think of is a suspected international kidnapping — perhaps human trafficking. She was a very pretty teenager, maybe even beautiful. I looked up Yabucoa and Wikipedia says it’s a coastal town. (They call it a “small town” but the population is close to 40,000. Speaking as someone from a town with a population of 600, give or take, Wikipedia doesn’t know what it’s talking about.)

I hope Yamaira just ran away or something and hasn’t been trafficked.

3 thoughts on “A rare Puerto Rican case

  1. Justin April 20, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    She’s on NamUs now at https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/9369

    Interpol is still the LE handling the investigation, though I don’t know why. Puerto Rico has it’s own law enforcement like the Department of Justicia or the FBI. In fact, when I checked NamUs for missing persons in Puerto Rico, I saw that Interpol was handling a LOT of missing persons cases from there. The only reason I can think why they would be involved is that they believe they are no longer in the country.

    She was pretty. That usually makes me think one of three things happened: She allowed herself to lured away for romantic or economic reasons by someone who may or may not have had good intentions for her. She was murdered and her body hidden or she was trafficked. I saw a Dateline episode about Central American teenage girls who were lured away by people saying that they could make a lot of money in the U.S. working as maids, but instead were forced to prostitute themselves in the U.S. and/or Mexico. I really hope that wasn’t her fate, but I wouldn’t bet too much against it.

  2. soundcinemas November 5, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Hi there! I live in Puerto Rico and I can help if you need source translations. Yabucoa is not a small town per se, but it’s not a huge one like the capital city of San Juan. Yabucoa is one of these towns where people know each other at least by face.

    I never heard of this case until yesterday when I saw the poster at Wal-Mart.

  3. WorriedCuz November 2, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    She dissapeared one morning on her way to school just as she left her house. Afterwards there had been rumors that she had been seen in another town but they were just that, rumors. Too many things happened here that don’t add up. Her mom still suffers till this day as if it happened yesterday. Really wish someone could find an explination for this. The case is still opened. She was my cousin.

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