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Gregg County Sheriff’s Office teams with Texas Parks & Wildlife in missing woman case

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 10:36 PM CDT
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GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Investigators in the case of an East Texas woman who vanished almost two years ago are hoping another kind of search will produce evidence they are looking for.

Rosemary Rodriguez disappeared from the Kilgore area in October 2018, with no clues as to what happened to her.

Because of some recent vehicles found in waterways, Gregg County investigators are actively searching lakes and rivers.

“We have searched large portions of the Sabine River, we have searched bodies of water. Sonar units, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Longview Water Rescue have helped us,” says Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Josh Tubb.

Investigators say finding the car is the key to the case. If they find the car, they find out what happened to Rosemary. And that’s why they are searching waterways.

“Her car is very distinctive. Hatchback, green, with an OU sticker on the back. We’re not talking regular green, it’s a bright, vibrant green. If we could find the car, that would lead us in the direction to find Rosemary. Last time she was seen, she was leaving in that vehicle,” Tubb says.

Tubb says they’ve talked with an individual they hoped could shed light on the case, but that has gone cold.

“We have a person that may be able to assist investigators in this case who is being less than cooperative. That’s discouraging. Investigators do believe there was criminal activity involved,” the lieutenant says.

And Tubb gives a final thought asking for help solving the mystery.

“Just remember, this was somebody’s mother. This was somebody’s daughter. This was somebody’s loved one. We look for any missing persons in our county; we do not forget about them,” Josh says.

Gregg County Crime Stoppers is still offering a reward for information in the Rosemary Rodriguez case.

Rodriguez went missing on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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