Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Viridiana Maldonado, Passage of Time

Another year went by and still I can find no new word about Viridiana’s vanishing.  No news articles, no TV coverage, only the reports from last year around this same time.
This beautiful woman is the mother of two small children growing up without her, pawns used in an international custody battle, and missing her, I’m sure.


It has been one year since the disappearance of Viridiana Maldonado from North Charleston, SC. She left her home to go out with friends and never returned, leaving behind two young children. Her family has not been able to find a trace of her anywhere.

Her case spreads from South Carolina to Tacoma, Washington, and there are no indications where she could be from the east coast to the west coast, therefore, no evidence present to search for her in a particular place.

I don't know whether her family had any formal gathering to honor her on this date, but can only surmise the pain of remembering a one year anniversary of a young missing mother with a whole life ahead of her.

Her mother and sister care for her 7-year-old-son, Alex —her spitting image, they say— who continually asks about his mother, "Viri." Meanwhile, they're fighting Viridiana's estranged husband in court for custody of her 3-year-old son, now living with his father in another country.

Sources close to the case indicate suspicious activity on the part of her husband, Jorge Maldanado, and that he and Viridiana's youngest child may have left the country. Her family must also be saddened by this news.

North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Police are still searching for a missing mother a year after she disappeared. Investigators now suspect foul play in the disappearance of Viridiana Maldonado, and have identified her husband as a suspect. Maldonado has been missing since last October after she went out one night and never returned. She left behind two young children and the youngest is living with her estranged husband. If you have any information on this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

May Viridiana and her family find the answers that they are so desparately searching for and may her children not be caught in the middle, but find some peace knowing how much she loved them.

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