Remains found at reservoir identified as those of teenage girl missing since 1992

By Calvin Palmer

Human remains found at a reservoir two years ago have now been identified as those of an 18-year-old girl who went missing in 1992.

Monica Joy Martinez was reported missing on April 1, 1992.

Authorities yesterday announced that DNA testing had led to a positive identification of the remains discovered by deer hunters at Twin Buttes Reservoir in November 2008.

Testing done at the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification identified the victim as Martinez.

Details of how she died were not released by law officers.

Her ex-boyfriend, Robert Villescaz, and Timothy James Rodriguez pleaded guilty in 1997 to murder. Villescaz was sentenced to 40 years. Rodriguez received a 75-year prison term.

Martinez attended high school with Villescaz and Rodriguez and was last seen alive when the two picked her up to go to a party, said Sgt Rusty Herndon.

But she never came home.

Police believe Martinez was killed near O.C. Fisher Reservoir, and her body was moved a day later to Twin Buttes.

Villescaz and Rodriguez were under the influence of drugs the night they killed Martinez, Herndon said.

“It fell apart for Monica,” he said. “She was in a bad place at a bad time.”

Previous searches of an area identified by the two men as where the body was dumped turned up nothing.

[Based on reports in The Dallas Morning News and The Houston Chronicle.]

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One response to “Remains found at reservoir identified as those of teenage girl missing since 1992

  1. girl_writer01

    Monica was my cousin, no she was not on drugs! As for why one guy got 40 years and one got 75, well one talked and one didn’t, they were born and raised in San Angelo Tx. One went on and enlisted into the Army, stationed in Co. And the second one had a full time job selling dope ! Monica was pregnant, and lover boy didn’t want to be bothered. So he took her to the lake and drowned her in the river. Monica’s case was the first one in Texas history to convict with out a body.

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