North American Missing Persons Network
Indira Montiero


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 2, 2000 from New York City, New York County, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: 1978
  • Age: 22
  • Height: 5'2-5'4"
  • Weight: 110 lbs
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Montiero's ears are pierced.
    She has rose tattoos on her back and on her right ankle. Known to wear
    glasses. Petite build.
  • Case Number: KNMP02880

  • Details of Disappearance
    Montiero was last seen at her residence in the 1800 block of 7th Avenue in the New York City borough of Manhattan on April 2, 2000. She was speaking to a friend on the telephone at approximately 7:00 PM when her boyfriend, Heriberto Palacio, was overheard screaming at her in the background. "Leave me alone," Montiero shouted as she ended the call and promised to phone her friend the next day. She never did. Montiero has never been heard from again. Her clothes and beeper were found at her apartment. Her brother reported her as missing six days later.

    Palacio said he didn't report Montiero missing because he feared arrest on a recent order of protection requiring him to stay away from her. He told friends Montiero left home April 2 for a hairdresser's appointment and didn't return. But cops quickly learned she didn't go to the hairdressers that day.

    Montiero had bailed Palacio out of jail at least twice and stayed with him in their Harlem apartment despite swearing out 11 domestic violence complaints against him, police records show. He swore out four complaints against her, according to the records. They had a young child together.

    Authorities apprehended Palacio in late April 2000 and questioned him regarding Montiero's disappearance but no arrest has been made.

    Montiero was working as an accounting clerk for a midtown firm at the time, and attending classes at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, with accounting as her major. Foul play is suspected.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York City Police Department

    Source Information
    New York City Police Department
    The New York Daily News
    NY Daily News