Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Cops to search Delco neighborhood this morning for missing mom

Melissa Ortiz-Rodriquez has been missing since April.
Melissa Ortiz-Rodriquez has been missing since April.
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  • The search for Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez will intensify Wednesday as police canvas her neighborhood in search of clues.
  • Ortiz-Rodriguez was supposed to make a trip to Newark on April 19 to visit friends but she never arrived.
  • Court documents have shown a troubled relationship at home.

The search for a mother missing since April will intensify this morning as police in Collingdale, Delaware County, plan to canvas her neighborhood in search of clues or information.

Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez, who had wanted a divorce from her estranged husband, Jose Rodriguez, was supposed to make a trip to Newark, N.J. on April 19 to visit friends. She never arrived. Her husband reported her missing four days later when she did not show for a new job or pick up her daughters from school.

Ortiz-Rodriguez was to take public transportation to Newark, her husband said. The friends confirmed that she was expected but that they never received a call to get her, according to police.

Court documents have shown a troubled relationship at home. Ortiz-Rodriguez petitioned for a protection-from-abuse order against Rodriguez on on Feb. 19, officials said. In her petition, she stated that when she tried to leave the home with their two daughters, ages 7 and 11, Rodriguez tore open her suitcase, threw the contents onto the front lawn, broke her cellphone, and pushed her.

However, at a March 7 hearing, she asked that the petition be withdrawn, and in a recent phone conversation with a friend, Ortiz-Rodriguez said Rodriguez "was being nice to her." She allowed him back into the home.

Then she disappeared.

Ortiz-Rodriguez is 5-foot-5 and weighs about 130 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact Collingdale police at 610-586-0502 or Delaware County detectives at 610-891-4700.

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