North American Missing Persons Network
 
Pilar Sophia Rodriguez

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Above Images: Left and Center: Rodriguez, circa 1999
Right: Age-progressed to 11 (circa 2006)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 2, 1999 from Punta Gorda, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 5, 1995
  • Age: 3
  • Height: 3'0"
  • Weight: 30-35 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Red birthmark on the
    bridge of her nose
  • NCIC Number: M-192801442
  • Case Number: NCMC860724


  • Details of Disappearance
    Pilar's father, Marco Rodriquez, allowed Melissa Cooper, the girl's babysitter to take his daughter on a vacation to Charlotte County. Melissa and Pilar travelled to Punta Gorda, Florida to visit Melissa's boyfriend, Keith Alan Wilson .

    Cooper claims Wilson fatally beat the child and buried her -- but she wasn't told where. Investigators received a tip that Preacher's Lake may hold clues, or even the remains of Pilar, and began draining the 40-acre lake. Divers recovered child-sized T-shirts; one of the shirts had a Winnie-the-Pooh logo it. Marco Rodriguez said his daughter owned such a shirt.

    Detectives have conducted hundreds of interviews and scoured miles of rural Charlotte County looking for Pilar. More than 4,000 hours have gone into the search, with help from 14 police agencies across Florida. Pilar's remains have yet to be found.

    In July 2013, Melissa Harding-Jones plead guilty to accessory after the fact, a first degree felony. After Harding-Jones pled guilty, a warrant was executed for Wilson in Bath County, Kentucky. He was charged with first degree murder.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
    Cpl. Rickey L. Hobbs
    (941) 639-2101


    Source Information
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    Polk Online
    Child Protection Education of America
    WINK News