San Benito Teen’s Family Speaks after Remains Identified
HARLINGEN – The Harlingen Police Department confirmed Thursday afternoon the remains found in a canal near Rio Hondo belonged to a missing San Benito teen.
Nahomi Rodriguez was reported missing nine months ago and her family worked nonstop to find her. They said Rodriguez’s remains being found brings them no closer to closure.
The remains found last week by a farmer near a canal last week confirmed the family’s fears.
“Those remains were identified to us as those of Nahomi Rodriguez,” Harlingen Police Chief Jefferey Addickes said.
The San Benito family’s desperate search for the 19-year-old ended Saturday when a pathologist matched the teen’s dental records to the human remains pulled from the canal.
Ramiro Rodriguez, Nahomi’s dad, broke his silence.
“We need help, anybody, somebody knows something. We need her friends’ help to get to the bottom of this. Somebody knows something. That’s it,” he said.
When asked if it brought the family closure, he answered, “No, no. We’re going to keep on going with this.”
Enedina Sanchez, the teen’s aunt, said finding Rodriguez doesn’t close the investigation.
“This makes it real. Once again, someone or someone’s is responsible. And I just want to let you know that whoever you are, trust me, these gentlemen back here are looking for you,” she said during a press conference.
The family wants anyone with information to share what they know with police. They are also asking businesses in Harlingen and Rio Hondo, with surveillance footage from the late and early hours of July 16 and 17 to hand it over to police.
“If they can collaborate with that it would be very helpful,” Renato Rodriguez, Rodriguez’s uncle, said.
He said there’s a lot of work left for investigators to do. He said all these little details could ultimately bring whoever took Nahomi away to justice.
Sanchez said they will wait until they get her niece’s remains back to hold funeral services which will be open to the public.
Rodriguez is from San Benito, but Harlingen police are leading the investigation since she disappeared from the Harlingen McDonald’s where she was working.
They’re looking for the person driving a gray small SUV. It’s the vehicle Nahomi Rodriguez got in after her shift last July. It was the last time she was seen alive.
At this point, they’re only saying the driver is a person of interest in her disappearance. Anyone with information can call Harlingen police at (956) 425-8477.