Eleven years ago today

Whilst writing updates for the case for Indira Montiero, I realized that today is eleven years to the day since she was last seen in Manhattan, New York. She was 22 years old at the time of her disappearance and seems to have been going places: she had a good job as an accounting clerk, she was enrolled in college studying accounting, and she was thinking of starting a business designing clothes for petite women. One problem, however: she was dating a dirt bag.

Indira’s boyfriend sounds like a real prince. He beat a man to death when he was fourteen and served two years for manslaughter. In his two-year relationship with Indira she filed eleven domestic violence complaints against him and he filed four against her. In spite of this they continued to live together and she repeatedly spent thousands of dollars bailing him out of jail after his numerous arrests — not all of which were related to her; he was also charged with attacking another woman who lived in his apartment complex. Oh, and a few days after Indira’s disappearance he took their one-year-old daughter and abandoned her at the babysitter’s house.

Needless to say, foul play is suspected in Indira’s disappearance.

Someone in the Bronx with the same name as Indira’s boyfriend, and the right age, was convicted of animal cruelty last fall for leaving his Maltese dog in a van while he went swimming. The temperatures outside reached 95 degrees that day and inside the vehicle they climbed to 140 degrees. The dog died, obviously. The guy actually got sentenced to some time in jail, which is unusual for animal cruelty charges. Usually people get off with a fine or probation. I think this is not closely enough connected to Indira’s disappearance to note it in her file, though. I’m not even 100% sure it’s the same guy, though it probably is.

I hope Indira’s daughter, who would now be 12, is being lovingly looked after, preferably by someone other than her father. I don’t think her mother’s coming back.

17 thoughts on “Eleven years ago today

  1. Marlene April 2, 2011 / 7:40 pm

    it’s so sad, that women make such horrible choices in men. We need to wake up and stop dating dirtbags, marrying them and having their kids!

    • Meaghan April 2, 2011 / 7:47 pm

      I don’t understand it. So many women — intelligent women who are successful in life, as Indira seems to have been — have this enormous blind spot when it comes to men.

      One of the articles quoted Indira’s brother saying her father died when she was a little kid and he believed that might have been a factor in her poor choice of romantic partners.

  2. Princess Shantae April 2, 2011 / 10:09 pm

    My dad says the damaged attract the damaged, and if you see somebody who is a loser hooked up to somebody who seems way above their league, the chance is good that the second personhas more loser tendencies than you would think. He also says to never hang around losers, b/c you might think you’ll make them a better person but all that’ll usually happen is they make a loser out of you b/c misery loves company.

    • jai April 3, 2011 / 6:51 am

      um, could you clarify what you mean by “damaged” or “loser”? if you mean abuser or sociopath, fine, then say abuser or sociopath. there are an awful lot of us out here who are called damaged or loser by someone’s definition, we hear ourselves called those words while we grow up, we are called those words as adults, would you have us go through life isolated and unloved because we might make our loved ones into “damaged” “loser”?

      • Princess Shantae April 3, 2011 / 9:40 am

        If one or two people call you a loser, the problem is theirs. If people all the time call you a loser, its time to take a look in the mirror.

  3. Princess Shantae April 2, 2011 / 10:32 pm

    My dad is a parole officer and he’s very good at cutting through people’s bs. He has to be in that job.

  4. chris April 3, 2011 / 3:25 am

    how did he only get 2 years in jail. i mean he was 14 but how do u only get too years for beating someone too death?!

    • Meaghan April 3, 2011 / 3:56 am

      Usually juveniles get shorter sentences than adults.

  5. Diane April 7, 2011 / 5:53 am

    OF COURSE IT WAS HER BOYFRIEND WHO CAUSED HER DISAPPEARANCE! DUH. This could hardly be a more open-and-shut case. The scumbag clearly had no problem with intentionally killing someone at an age when most of us are concerned with “fitting in”, finding boyfriends/girlfriends, transitioning from middle to high school, and trying to figure out who we are. So why would he suddenly develop a conscience and decide that oh no, he was never going to kill again for as long as he lived? I know I should say “allegedly” since he’s never been convicted, but damn, if he isn’t punished in this life, he will be in the afterlife, and his punishment there will make Pope Boniface’s in The Inferno look like a sweet little springtime picnic in the park.

  6. Bodhi93 May 12, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    According the court documents, Indira’s daughter was in the custody of her maternal great aunt from 2003 until the date of her aunt’s passing in 2006. Custody was then awarded to her maternal great uncle. This was challenged in 2007 by the father and again in 2009, the decision was upheld on appeal. From the documents it sounds like the little girl doesn’t know her father, which, in my opinion, is a really good thing!!!

  7. Charlene Jones September 28, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    I wentnto elementary school with Indira & I want you to know she always saw the good in everyone. Its very sad to hear things like this. God bless you Indira, you didn’t deserve for this to happen.

  8. Vanessa July 28, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    I was always envious of her, or “Indie” as our coworkers called her. In ’97 I worked at the same office where she worked. I remember talking with her about her life growing up in the Upper East Side. And that her father died when she was a child, her mother dying while she was in high school and their landlord let her and her brother stay rent-free for a year in their 4 bedroom apartment. I remember her telling me about her older brothers who lived outside of the city (one down south the other in NJ) and a younger brother. but nevertheless I wished I could have her money, her life, her beauty. With her braided hair, she told me that she never washes her hair — the hairdresser does that for her and that she goes to the salon every week. I envied her for finding boyfriends more easily than I ever could wish (she told me that she was engaged at 16). At one point she had moved into a new apartment in the Bronx and said that her rent was nearly as much as my yearly salary. And i envied her for having that ability to pay for that. And then the last i heard she found another boyfriend and was living with him and was pregnant. It was the summer of ’98 or ’99 (and I was no longer at that office) and we walked passed each other and said hi. I remember walking away still wishing I had her life. Beauty, friends, a new boyfriend and a new baby on the way. All of things in life that I wanted so badly but never had an opportunity to have then (I’m socially awkward).

    But all of that changed in 2000 when, by chance, I saw her picture on the front cover a NY Daily News and read about what happened to her. i was so shocked (that article shattered all of my preconceived notions of what I thought was an charmed life). The part about the domestic violence reports filed against him and the subsequently bailing him out in the end anyway stunned me. Even to this day I can never understand it. Because i’ve been lonely all of my life and never had anyone who i could hold onto, or anyone that I would want to. But to me, she will always remain a symbol of what i’ve always wanted and never could have but really was someone I pitied in the end

  9. Linda V. September 7, 2016 / 9:25 pm


    I worked with Indira at her last Accounting Firm which was at One Penn Plaza. She wasn’t given the opportunity to be with us for long before she disappeared. She was a beautiful young Single Mother who worked hard and lived for her baby girl. Of course she covered up her abuse very well from all of us. She was actually in another relationship, maybe that is why she is no longer with us, but we all no there was fowl play. The day she disappeared she left work early and who showed up at work unexpectedly to see her was her ex. I asked did she expect u he said no, I said well she has left for the day he did not seem happy. That was the last time I saw her. Next thing we had Detectives in our office asking to see her computer and phone log. Sad she was not with the Attorney for long, but she left her footprint with me. I have been keeping tabs on her case for 16 years. I now live in Fl and still keep tabs looking online praying something comes up and praying for her daughter. I pray she is in safe arms with loving and the protective family. I know her Aunt passed.

    Indira I pray for ur Soul to be at Peace wherever u might have been left.

  10. F Davis June 28, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Thank u for all your prayers and will wish my sister was an incredible young woman and is truely and deeply miss be me her older brother and by our younger brother there is not a day that goes by that we wish we could have her back but to know how many people lives she touched go or bad is just proof how much of a great person she was
    Her spirit will live on through my niece her daughter god bless u all and thank u again

    • Margie July 15, 2017 / 10:16 pm

      Hi franklin i dont think u remember me. Indira and we use to go to HS 2gether meet up in train station n stuff we use to somtimes wear matching clothes. I remember when i went to indira house n i met your mom little bro n u w3ll that was a long time ago. I remember we went 2 her room and she showed me her favorite stuffed animal on her bed Garfield.Me and her lost touch but I found her one summer day by her babysitter we rekindled again went 2 her home where she was living with her babyfather. All i know when i heard i went 2 her building but police would not let me upstairs. Then went 2 your home i left my number on your door 4 u 2 call me Franklin. Ive been having her still in mind all these years n my heart hurts for her.Time n time i check 4 an update after all these years…..INDIRA DIDNT DESERVE THIS MUCH LOV3 2 HER N HER FAMILY….GOD BLESS…. MISS U DIRA

  11. Gina July 8, 2021 / 10:29 am

    I worked with Indira back in the late 90’s. I remember well when she was pregnant and how happy she was. I also remember her tumultuous relationship.
    I have never stopped praying for her and her daughter, that they both find comfort and peace – wherever they may be.

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