|Disappeared||October 1, 2003|
|Missing for||17 years|
|Weight||100 - 116 pounds|
Monica Cassandra Carrasco (born December 13, 1986) was a teenager who vanished at night while in the custody of her aunt and uncle.
- Her hair was dark brown or black with red streaks.
- Her eyes were dark brown.
- Her ears were pierced
- A chickenpox scar on her forehead
- A small mole on her left cheek
- Dimples in both cheeks.
- She suffered from both schizophrenia and depression, but she left her medication behind.
- At the time she disappeared, she was also recovering from anorexia.
Clothing and accessories
- A majority of sources say Monica was last seen wearing a beige nightgown.
- NamUs says she was last seen wearing a beige shirt and teal shorts.
- Monica might be carrying a large, white or black bible.
Balmorhea locals described Monica as bright, cheerful, well-liked, and easy to get along with. During Monica's middle school years, her friends nicknamed her "Happy-Happy," due to her constant smile and an optimistic attitude.
Monica's mother, Kathy, said Monica was a loving person who was always the first to lend a helping hand. At the time of Monica's disappearance, she was an eleventh-grade student at Alpine High School. She was focused in school, her favorite subject being science, and was aiming to attend Harvard University. For a career, Monica was considering becoming a lawyer or getting into aeronautics and working for NASA.
In 2000, Monica's father, Ramon, died of a heart attack while getting treatment for bone cancer. Relatives believe this is what caused Monica to fall into a deep depression. Shortly before Monica vanished, she'd been hospitalized for her mental health and anorexia. After she'd been discharged from the hospital, she moved in with her aunt and uncle, Velma and Bela Baeza, and their children, who lived four miles east of Balmorhea. Monica was angry with her mother over the hospitalization, hence why she chose to live with her relatives.
Monica's cousins saw her go to bed at 11:00 P.M. on October 1. When a family member checked on her at 1:30 A.M., she was still sleeping in her bedroom.
Sometime between 1:30 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. on October 2, Monica left her residence, presumably through a door in her bedroom leading to outside. She didn't inform anybody she was leaving and did not bring anything with her. When a family member went to wake her up at 6:00 A.M., Monica wasn't there. There was no sign of foul play, or any suggestion of a break-in, and the door in Monica's bedroom that lead to the outside was unlocked.
Velma and Bela suspect she might've gone for a run and never returned. Although Monica loved running, she failed to bring any footwear with her. The terrain around their residence was rocky, rugged, and cactus-ridden, which would've made walking barefoot painful.
Rosendo Carrasco, Monica's uncle who was a Reeves County Justice of the Peace at one point, believes Monica might've become disoriented from her medication, wandered out to nearby Highway 17, and accepted a ride from a passing motorist. It's also been suspected Monica may have left her residence to meet up with somebody she could've met online.