Monica Cassandra Carrasco was born on the 13th of December, 1986, to her parents Kathy and Ramon Carrasco. She lived in Balmorhea, Texas, and the locals described her as being cheerful, well-liked and easy to get along with. She was even nicknamed “Happy-Happy” in middle school due to her constant smile and positive attitude.
In 2000, Monica’s father, Ramon, passed away from a heart attack due to the treatment he was receiving for bone cancer. Monica’s family believe that this caused her to fall into a deep depression.
At the time of her disappearance, Monica was 16 years old and an 11th-grade student at Alpine High School. Monica was a focused student, with her favourite subject being science and she hoped to attend Harvard University. Monica had dreams of becoming a lawyer or getting into aeronautics and working for NASA.
Shortly before Monica went missing, she had been hospitalised due to her mental health and anorexia. When she was released from the hospital, Monica went to live with her aunt and uncle, Velma and Bela Baeza, and their children. They lived four miles east of Balmorhea. Monica decided to stay with them because she was angry at her mother for having to stay in the hospital.
At 11:00pm on the 1st of October, 2003, Monica’s cousins saw her go to bed. One family member went to check on her at 1:30am, and she was still in bed asleep. However, when a family member went to wake Monica up at 6:00am, she wasn’t there.
There was no sign of foul play or any indication that someone broke into her room. The door that led from her bedroom to the outside was unlocked. This suggested that sometime between 1:30am and 6:00am on the 2nd of October, 2003, Monica left her room and went outside.
Velma and Bela think that she went for a run but never returned. However, as much as Monica loved running, she took no footwear with her. The landscape surrounding the house was rocky, rugged and ridden with cactus plants which would have been painful to walk on barefoot.
Monica also did not tell anybody she was leaving, and she also took none of her belongings with her. Monica has not been seen or heard from again.
Monica’s other uncle, Rosendo Carrasco, who was a Reeves County Justice of the Peace at one time, believes that Monica might have become disorientated from her medication, wandered out to nearby Highway 17, and accepted a ride from a passing motorist. It’s also been theorised that Monica might have left her aunt and uncle’s house to meet someone she met online.
Monica is described as being a 16-year-old white/Hispanic female who stood at 5″5′ and weighed between 100-116lbs. She had dark brown/black hair that had red streaks, dark brown eyes, pierced ears, a small mole on her left cheek, a chickenpox scar on her forehead and dimples on both cheeks. Monica suffered from depression and schizophrenia, but she left her medication behind. Monica was also recovering from anorexia.
Monica was last known to be wearing a beige nightgown, however, NamUs lists her as last being seen in a beige shirt and teal shorts. Monica may also be carrying a large white or black bible with her.
If Monica is still alive today, she would be 35 years old.
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