HARLINGEN — She’s been gone for two weeks now.
But Nahomi Rodriguez’s family is not giving up.
According to her aunt, Enedina Sanchez, the search continues, 12 to 16 hours a day.
They’re searching house by house and business by business.
“We’ve had some extremely rough days when we want to throw in the towel,” she said. “But we are blessed to have a family of faith and a family with much determination.”
The 19-year-old lifelong San Benito resident was last seen on July 16 at 1:30 a.m.
Nahomi was leaving her job after her shift at McDonald’s, located at 602 N. 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen. At about 12:30 a.m., Nahomi’s family reported she told her mother, with whom she lives, that she had found a ride home.
Although her mother waited, she never made it.
Sanchez said outside police departments are now involved with the search and they are urging and working to keep the case active with more people.
The family also is asking if anyone who worked with Nahomi at the San Benito Whataburger may have seen the Ford Escape and the man she apparently left with the night she disappeared.
Initial reports stated she left in a dark truck or SUV with two men. But later, that appeared to not be the case.
Instead, she appeared to have left in a light gray newer model light over dark Ford Escape, with a man she knew. That, all according to the video surveillance at McDonald’s.
“The suspect made a fist-punch with my niece as soon as he approached the drive-through window,” Sanchez said. “Therefore, he knows my niece.”
The two had a conversation at the window, but it was what the family saw in the video that was disturbing.
“We are able to see this ‘man,’ not a teenager, wearing a white cap with a black T-shirt and his left arm is fully seen and he seems to be a big man,” Sanchez stated.
The video shows Nahomi waiting by the front door for her ride to arrive around 1:30 a.m. and steps out of the restaurant.
Other video views in the parking lot show the same Ford Escape arriving and parking where the camera didn’t reach. The video then shows the vehicle reverse and drive off on Washington Avenue, passing by St. Paul’s Church, Sanchez states.