Monica Carrasco has been missing since October 2nd, 2003. She was only 16 years-old when she vanished, however she had already faced quite a few hardships in her short life. Three years before her disappearance, Monica's father died of bone cancer. Monica grew quite depressed after that, and she eventually developed anorexia nervosa and had to be hospitalized after she lost over 50 pounds. Upon her release from the hospital, Monica opted to move in with her aunt and uncle at their home in Balmorhea, Texas--after claiming she was angry with her mother. Monica had been living with her aunt and uncle for quite some time when she went missing. She was last seen by her cousins during the early morning hours of October 2nd. Said cousins saw her go to bed around 11pm the previous evening and they checked on her around 1:30am. However, by 7:30am the following morning, Monica was gone. She has never been seen or heard from again.
Monica's Bible vanished with her. Due to this, it is believed that Monica left the home on her own accord. However, police still feared for her safety. Her aunt and uncle stated that they believe she became disoriented from her medications, left the house, and accepted a ride from a passing motorist. Police have stated that it is possible that Monica left the house to meet up with a person she met from the Internet. Monica's mother, on the other hand, does not believe that Monica ran away. Although Monica and her mother did not live together, her mother stated their problems were not serious and that she would not voluntarily stay out of touch.
None of these theories have been confirmed, and there have not been any persons of interests or suspects in Monica's case. Still, it should be noted that Monica's uncle failed a polygraph exam in relation to her disappearance. He has not been charged with anything related to Monica's disappearance.
Monica remains missing today. The Reeves County Sheriff's Office is investigating. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact authorities at 432-445-4901.