National Hispanic Heritage Month: Marisela Pino

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is Marisela Pino, who also may use the surname Pino-Vasquez or Vasquez-Pino. Marisela was eleven years old when she disappeared from Waterbury, Connecticut on March 20, 1993. She was last seen in the vicinity of a Nash’s Pizza & Groceries. The business, it seems, no longer exists, at least not under that name.

I found Cherry Street on Google Earth satellite view, but I don’t really know how to use Google Earth and I can’t figure out to access street view. Today, anyway, it appears to be in a working-class residential neighborhood. It may have appeared much different in 1993.

It bothers me that there is almost no information available on this case. Until recent years it wasn’t even listed with the NCMEC. I mean, this is a little girl, and it looks like this could well have been an abduction. By contrast, the unsolved disappearance of ten-year-old Bianca Lebron, a Hispanic child who went missing from Bridgeport, Connecticut eight years later, received a lot of media attention.

Does Marisela have a family? Do they still live in Connecticut? Perhaps there was a language barrier and that was a problem when her case came to getting the press attention it deserved?

Marisela has a possible scar on her left ankle, and a possible burn scar (described as “duck-shaped”) on her chest or abdomen. She was last seen wearing a black and gray jacket, a green and white shirt, jeans or a green denim skirt, white socks and blue shoes. If she is still alive today, she’d be 38 this month.

That’s all I know.

4 thoughts on “National Hispanic Heritage Month: Marisela Pino

  1. MJ September 17, 2019 / 11:31 am

    When you enter the address and the satellite view comes up on the right, there should be a picture on the top left of the page. For instance, when I put in 10 Cherry Street, Waterbury CT it shows me the satellite view and then at the top left is a photo of the street view (showing a small white building with a pink neon sign), if you just click that photo the street view should show up at the right now instead of the satellite view. Yes, I ramble.

  2. MJ September 17, 2019 / 11:44 am

    Forgive the double post, but I looked around after pulling up this block and I also decided to take a gander at the Waterbury PD police department website to see if I could find a name or email address to maybe contact to see if there is any other information available to add to the case file and if you look at the first photo on this page for their Detective Division the two men in the photo (who I am assuming are in this division?) are in this EXACT BLOCK she disappeared from in this photo. ODDDDDDD.

  3. Kristi Hearn September 19, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    On my Google Maps, when it comes up there’s a legend in the bottom that has a circle, a plus sign, a minus sign, and a little man. If you click on the little man it picks him up and you can drop him onto the map.Then it will come up a street view and you can click around it and turn the image to see different places.

  4. Amy Abramson September 22, 2019 / 7:32 am

    I am not a conspiracy theorist, however, when you google her name, you get weird connections to the Jeffrey Epstein child molestation case. SERIOUSLY. Also, at least one blog states she disappeared from Nash’s Pizza or Nash Pizza on Walnut Street in Waterbury. This place still exists but may be dba a different name. My niece in Waterbury says there’s been a pizza place there as long as she can remember, but she’s only 30. Waterbury had and still has enough of a small town feel in some places that kids aren’t helicoptered by their folks. Working class but nicely kept today. Not as sure about it in the 90s

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