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VA MARTA RODRIGUEZ: Missing from Arlington, VA - 25 May 1989 - Age 26 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by Scorpio, May 11, 2017.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Marta's ex-husband, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz has been arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend Pamela Butler who vanished in 2009 from Washington D.C.

    Marta Haydee Rodriguez also vanished in 1989. Jose Rodriguez-Cruz had been charged with domestic violence and attempting to abduct her. Marta's case was closed in the year 2000 after detectives got a report that she was living in Florida, detectives were sent out to the woman's current address speak to her. Just recently a a new detective was assigned to the case discovered that the sister of Rodriguez-Cruz's second wife stole Marta's identity, and that Marta is still missing.

    Marta's case has now been reopened.
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  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Suspect in Pamela Butler's Death Investigated in Disappearance of Ex-Wife: Sources

    His ex-wife, Marta Haydee Rodriguez, disappeared in 1989, but police located a woman by that name who had Rodriguez's identification in Florida in 2000 and closed the missing persons case, sources said. It appears that woman was an imposter and Rodriguez-Cruz's ex-wife is still missing. She had accused Rodriguez-Cruz of assault and kidnapping inolving a knife and taping her mouth. In court documents, he was quoted as saying, "If I can't have her, no one will." But she disappeared before she got to testify in court.
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    Scorpio Bronze Member


    Jose Rodriguez-Cruz
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    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Suspect in death of Pamela Butler told witness it was ‘easy’ to get rid of a body

    The man charged in the 2009 disappearance and slaying of Pamela Butler told a friend that it was “easy” to get rid of a body, a D.C. homicide detective said Tuesday.

    The friend, who is a witness in the case against 51-year-old Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, told detectives that Rodriguez-Cruz had once said “if you dig a hole deep enough, no one will find it,” D.C. homicide detective Michael Fulton testified in D.C. Superior Court. Rodriguez-Cruz made similar comments about his ability to hide a body to two other people, according to authorities. Rodriguez-Cruz was charged this month with first-degree, premeditated murder in the death of Butler, his onetime girlfriend. She was 47 years old when she went missing Valentine’s Day weekend eight years ago. Her body has not been found.

    During Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, homicide prosecutor Deborah Sines argued that Rodriguez-Cruz had a pattern of abusing women and may also be responsible for the disappearance of his first wife, Marta Rodriguez. She went missing in 1989.

    Sines said Rodriguez-Cruz told his second wife that he knew how to make sure no one ever found a body.
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    During the nearly five-hour hearing, prosecutors also said they had identified another woman who recounted abuse by Rodriguez-Cruz. They said the woman told detectives that Rodriguez-Cruz duct-taped her wrists, held a gun to her head and repeatedly sexually assaulted her during a 2004 incident in Fairfax County. The woman said he also threatened to sexually assault her 3-year-old daughter, authorities said in court.

    “This man doesn’t impulsively kill. He abducts women, duct-tapes them, sexually assaults them and then holds them captive,” said Sines’s co-counsel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner. “Duct tape and a gun are his weapon of choice.” Without Butler’s body, and no clear crime scene, authorities have built a case that relies in part on Rodriguez-Cruz’s history of violence. Rodriguez-Cruz, wearing an orange D.C. jail jumpsuit, sat next to his public defender and watched as the detective and prosecutors outlined their evidence against him. Butler’s family, including her mother and brother, sat in the audience in the courtroom. Fulton testified that authorities are working to bolster their case against Rodriguez-Cruz. On Friday, he said, police searched Rodriguez-Cruz’s Northern Virginia home in connection with his first wife’s disappearance and found a Ruger semiautomatic pistol. In addition, Fulton said, D.C. authorities are testing items found in Butler’s home for possible DNA evidence.

    Fulton described the Fairfax County attack in court, testifying that the woman involved was a security guard at a federal office who also ran a stand at Eastern Market with Rodriguez-Cruz on weekends. The woman said that on the morning of Jan. 9, 2004, she went to Rodriguez-Cruz’s home to talk about their work. Fulton said the woman told detectives that when she arrived at the apartment, Rodriguez-Cruz put a gun to her head and a pillow over her face and said: “I could kill you tomorrow and no one would ever find your body. I can make your body disappear.”

    The woman told detectives that Rodriguez-Cruz sexually assaulted her as her young daughter was in the apartment, Fulton said. When Rodriguez-Cruz later fell asleep, she told police, she grabbed a knife with one hand and her daughter with the other and tried to run out of the apartment. Rodriguez-Cruz woke, pulled out his gun and grabbed her, the woman said. She then stabbed him multiple times. Fulton said the woman, who at the time spoke little English, was unable to give a full account of what happened and was arrested and charged with assault. The case never went to trial after Rodriguez-Cruz stopped cooperating with Fairfax authorities, Fulton testified.
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    Thankyou for the thread Scorpio.
    Its so good that she is back in the NAMUS database.

    It seems Rodriguez-Cruz has been doing this for some time.
    I hope others now will come forward with evidence of what he has either done, or said.
    It would help Marta's case.
    Where are you Marta?
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    Remains of Jose Rodriguez-Cruz's 1st wife ID'd in Virginia, sources say

    The remains of the first wife of Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, the man who confessed to murdering Pamela Butler inside her Northwest D.C. home in 2009 and burying her body in Virginia, have been positively identified, two sources tell FOX 5’s Paul Wagner. Two sources familiar with the investigation said human remains found in Stafford County, Virginia have been positively identified as Marta Rodriguez-Cruz, who had been missing since 1989.

    The positive identification was made in recent weeks with DNA taken from a family member. It's unclear when the remains were recovered, if an autopsy had been performed and if a manner of death had been established.
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    Remains found in 1991 identified as those of missing Arlington woman
    By Keith L. Alexander and Dana Hedgpeth
    June 13 at 9:46 PM

    Virginia authorities confirmed Wednesday that newly identified skeletal remains are those of an Arlington woman missing since 1989, whose ex-husband pleaded guilty to killing his onetime girlfriend in the District 20 years later.

    Marta Haydee Rodriguez, a 28-year-old nurse’s aide, disappeared after work. She was last seen walking to a bus stop.

    “Charges are pending at this time” in Rodriguez’s case, Virginia State Police said in a statement, and the investigation is ongoing.

    Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/loca...ory.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8a5dd9848f91


    The remains were found in Stafford County.

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    I'm sure glad they put this woman killer behind bars. May he never again see the light of day!
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