CNN does Rosemary Diaz article

I found this article about Rosemary Diaz, a Danevang, Texas 15-year-old who was abducted from her convenience store job in 1990. (Actually, the article was sent to me by someone who put together a “tapestry” of predictions about Rosemary based on her date of birth.)

Anyway, the CNN article provides a color version of the black-and-white NCMEC photo of Rosemary — with her veritable cloud of black hair, no doubt heavily hairsprayed as was the style at the time — and some additional info about her disappearance, including a possible suspect.

The comments on the article are typical reading: people blaming Rosemary’s parents and/or the store management for letting her work alone, people suggesting everyone should have a tracking device implanted in their arm, people saying the case shouldn’t be on CNN because it’s so old, etc.

28 thoughts on “CNN does Rosemary Diaz article

  1. Justin December 27, 2010 / 3:53 pm

    Just read the article. She had her own car at 15? Also, I’m surprised that a minor was allowed to work alone in a store. I worked fast food for a while in the 1990s and 16 was the youngest a person could be to work there, even part-time. Perhaps things were different in Texas.

    I’m not saying that giving a lot of responsibility to a person that young is a bad thing because I think that makes a person more responsible and mature, which serves them better later in life. I’m just surprised that she was allowed to work alone.

    • Meaghan December 27, 2010 / 3:55 pm

      If you read the comments in the article, you’ll see that you could get a learner’s permit at 15. (Still can, in some states. I did.) Same with working, it depends on the state. Also, many kids in rural areas learn to drive when they’re far below the legal age.

      • Justin December 27, 2010 / 4:04 pm

        I can understand a learner’s permit, but my understanding is that you couldn’t drive without another fully licensed person in the car with you. It didn’t sound like she had anyone with her.

        Are you allowed to own your own car at that age? I didn’t see anything that stated the car was actually hers, or if it actually belonged to her. Can a person who is under the age of being allowed to drive actually own their own vehicle? Just curious.

      • Meaghan December 27, 2010 / 4:07 pm

        Well, perhaps she was breaking the law. A lot of people do.

        No idea whether a child can legally own a car or not. I’m assuming the title was in her parents’ names.

    • dustsands December 29, 2010 / 8:24 pm

      In some states,including Tx.,you can get your license early under a hardship clause,for driving back and forth to work must drive with a licensed adult at all other times

      • Justin December 31, 2010 / 12:57 pm

        Good to know. Thanks

  2. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. December 27, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    Jolly colourful tapestry. Too bad it doesn’t contain a loop labeled “pertaining to One-Eyed Joe”. I can never figure out how to use those things if they’re not particularly specific.

  3. Kat December 27, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    How old are some of you? I was shocked at some of the comments on cnn and here too. BACK THEN (and I guess it really was when dinosaurs roamed the earth), this was ok, accepted, rite of passage, etc…….it was literally a different time. Maybe we were all lucky not to have been snatched out of a store, but geez. Lay off the parents and all. It was common to work younger then and I almost wish it still was now. My generation that instilled that whole entitled crap could use a job at 15.

    • Meaghan December 27, 2010 / 11:09 pm

      I agree that these days children and teens aren’t given enough responsibility. People say “they are too immature” but there’s no other way to get maturity but through responsibilities and life experiences. It bothers me when I see like 16- and 17-year-olds (or older) referred to as “children.” I mean, legally they may be children, but they are to all intents adults, and would behave that way, if it was only expected of them.

      • Kat December 27, 2010 / 11:28 pm

        Oh, don’t get me started. I had the whole college experience with the dudes in flannel and jesus sandals and unwashed hair who wanted to save the world….oy. It was bad then and worse now. The PC police. It filters down. I’ve raised my kids, I hope (well, two out of three isnt’ bad) decent.

  4. Princess Shantae December 27, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    She was a pretty girl, though that hair is a sight today. 🙂
    It might of been a small family owned store she worked in and that’s how she got to work alone, or maybe there was some kind of emergency?

  5. Kat December 27, 2010 / 11:24 pm

    I don’t think anything makes a differance…no one, no matter how old they are, male or (most likely female) deserves to be abducted and killed from their work. Period. Call me pissy, and I am, but I am tired of hearing the victims blamed, parents, etc. I loved the one comment on cnn, which was under a COLD CASE file, that “why is this news”. Well, it is cause it needs leads? ANd it is news to the family! Gad. She’s not the first girl to go missing at work (Heidi Allen? I can think of, plus other unsolved murders), and won’t be the last but I hope there is something for that family. I swear, sometimes people can be so cold hearted.

    • Meaghan December 27, 2010 / 11:27 pm

      Total agreement there. I hate it when people come out blaming a missing child’s parents, or even the MP themselves: “she should never have gone out alone after dark” etc.

      My friend the minister says people say things like that to comfort themselves. THEY would never do that, so this could NEVER happen to them or their children. But abductions and murders and all kinds of misfortune happen to people the world over, good and bad, smart and stupid.

  6. Kat December 27, 2010 / 11:29 pm

    It happens to everyone. If not, we wouldn’t be here. Good job on the Kyron case, BTW.

  7. Laura Brown December 28, 2010 / 3:35 am

    I find it’s best not to read comments on online news stories if you want to keep any faith in humanity.

    • J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. December 28, 2010 / 5:02 pm

      Quite so. We need a little button to click to “recommend this comment.” I recommend this comment.

  8. Chris December 28, 2010 / 3:46 am

    The CNN story told me that a man, known to police by his sketchy nickname, took a photograph of a 15-year girl and, later, the same photograph shows up on the counter in the area where the girl disappeared.

    Hopefully some outstanding detective work took place to clear that guy.

  9. Cattt December 28, 2010 / 12:00 pm

    I know what you mean, Laura.

  10. Kat December 28, 2010 / 6:58 pm

    Amen to Laura’s comment. There are some nasty people out there and a lot of them hang out on cnn. There’s always someone that has to start a political debate (like we will all, ever, be happy with our elected officials), and those who think they are funny. Drives me nuts, and it’s likely I’m halfway there already.

  11. Michael December 28, 2010 / 9:48 pm

    When they say Danevang was the “Danish capital of Texas” are they referring to the Nordic persons or a sugary coffee accompaniment?

  12. jodie December 30, 2010 / 3:46 pm


    HAHA. They are referring to actual Danish heritage 🙂

    • Justin December 31, 2010 / 1:11 pm

      I had to wonder about the Danish thing myself at first. I remember back in the ’80s when Fresno, CA was voted the least desirable city to live in (obviously, no one polled about that had ever lived in East St. Louis, Illinois). Then some filmmakers decided to make a TV mini-series spoof out of the TV show “Dallas” when they found out that Fresno was also the raisin capitol of the U.S. I think it had Carol Burnett in it and I still remember the tagline “Fresno: the Raisins are the Reason”.

  13. dianna January 6, 2011 / 11:34 pm

    To go back to the driver license issue, they didnt pass the law about having a licensed driver in the car with a minor until about 1998. At least in Kentucky, probably the same in Texas. It’s also possible to own a car at 15, you could own one at 5, you’re just not legally able to drive it. The working alone would be unusual in a city, but i’d say its fairly common in small towns, even today. In light of those thoughts everything about what this poor girl was doing seems completely normal. Its unthinkable that people want to blame anyone except whomever took her. Honestly people should be ashamed of themselves and walk a mile before they speak(type).

  14. teresa April 29, 2013 / 11:57 am

    Danevang is just a tiny little town in Texas where nothing like this ever happened. I grew up there and used to walk to this store alone all the time as a kid. I wish someone would find out what happened. I know her family would like to know.

  15. Tigerlilly July 7, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    this is my sister n law’s sister so it is still hurtful to the family. She still matters!

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  16. lupe November 27, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    FYI……her remains have been found…..after 25years!!!!

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