Twenty-two years, and twenty-two minutes: those are the time periods that figure big in the unsolved missing persons case of Rosemary Diaz.
On November 24, 1990, the 15-year-old El Campo High School honors student simply vanished from her job at a Danevang (Wharton County) convenience store, according to Shannon Crabtree's riveting story in the El Campo Leader-News. To this day, Diaz's family has not abandoned hope that they will find out what happened, and are hoping that anyone who may have seen anything that day might finally provide police with a valid tip.
According to Crabtree's story, Diaz's "last known contact with anyone was a phone call to the family home not far away" from Dane's County Store. She asked her sister, who had just given birth to a daughter, to bring the baby to the store.
Diaz "mentioned a man was there and hung up. A few minutes later, a Markham couple come into the store. They gather their items and head to cash register. They wait a moment, then look around realize there's no clerk. Then, an estimated 22 minutes after Rosemary hung up on her call, they called for help."
There were no signs of a struggle, and her car was still parked outside the store.
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Crabtree writes that, on the day Diaz disappeared, "three people in a large yellowish-orange or yellowish-brown 1980 to 1983 Oldsmobile were in the Danevang area between 4:30 and 5 p.m., looking for the Diaz residence....The car never arrived at the house, and the three people -- two women ages 40 to 50 and a man about 20 -- have never been identified."
Also unidentified is the man who entered the store when Diaz made that last phone call.
Anyone with information on the case should call the Wharton County Sheriff's Department at 979-543-1373 or 979-532-1550; or Crime Stoppers, at 979-543-8477. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be reached at 1-800-843-5678.
We're hoping someone knows something.