Name: Veronica Marllen Reyes-Diaz
Age: 23 years old
Last seen: January 18th, 2020
Location: Dover, Florida
Veronica-Reyes Minjares is a Hispanic female, she has brown hair which was burgundy at the time of her disappearance, brown eyes, she is 4’11 and weighs 150lbs.
She occasionally wears glasses and has her ears pierced. She has a brown-colored mole by the corner of her left eye.
Veronica was last seen wearing a grey and white long-sleeved crop top with jeans and blue sandals.
At the time of her disappearance, she was living in Dover, Florida with her husband and three kids; a 1-year-old, 4-year-old, and 5 years old. Her husband was the father of their 1-year-old child, the other two sons were from other men.
Disappearance of Veronica-Reyes Minjares
Veronica’s father Fidencio Minjares told Dateline that Veronica had plans for the Friday evening on the 17th, while her husband stayed at home with their 1-year-old son, while she took her two other sons to her sister Victoria Minjares’s house, in Plant City, Florida, which was about 15 minutes away. Later that night she was picked up by her friend, they went to Chilli’s restaurant with their other friend in Tampa.
Around 1:15 am, Saturday 18th, Veronica’s friend dropped her off at her house. Veronica then went back out to drive over to her sister’s place to pick up her two sons.
After returning the boys home and putting them to bed around 1:45 am, it had appeared that Veronica had gone back out again, but never returned home. Veronica’s husband says he never heard her come home, this part of the story was told by her son.
Veronica’s husband woke up around 7 am the following morning on Saturday and noticed Veronica was not at home, the 5-year-old son tells him that mummy dropped them off home and went back outside.
Her husband went outside to find Veronica’s car, a Chevy Yukon, parked outside their mobile home with all of her belongings, including her car keys and wallet with cash and her ID inside, except her phone.
Her husband had said she was wearing a red-flowered shirt the night she went missing, however, the friend she was with and Veronica’s sister said she was wearing something else. This red-flowered shirt was found on the passenger’s side floorboard.
Fidencio Minjares, Veronica’s father, told Dateline that her phone had pinged over the weekend in the area but by Monday, it appeared that the phone had turned off or had died, as no messages or calls were going through.
Sunday 19th, around 3:30 pm Veronica’s father received a text message from her husband asking if he had seen Veronica-Reyes Minjares.
The next day, January 20th, 2 days after Veronica was last seen, her husband reported her as a missing person. When her husband went to report her as missing he was told by one of the officers that she is an adult and shouldn’t be reported, the family has said the Sheriff’s office did not take Veronica’s disappearance seriously.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s, Veronica had in the past a history of leaving for a couple of days, she had also, according to the husband, made comments in the past about “Being a mother, it’s tiring on me. God, sometimes I just wish I wasn’t a mother as much” and “I need a break”.
Her husband thought she just maybe needed some space that is why it took him 2 days to file a missing person’s report. However, Veronica’s family says this is not true and her disappearance is completely out of character, she would never leave her children behind. There was one time Veronica had stayed at her aunt’s house because of an argument she had had with her husband.
The week after her disappearance, Veronica and her husband were supposed to have an appointment at the County Court System, where her husband was going to sign papers to adopt Veronica’s two older sons, who were from other men.
In the podcast ‘Unfinished Business’ they say that the husband was not able to go to the court hearing to receive adoption papers, however, in an interview with the family, they confirm that this did take place and the husband did adopt both kids and now has full custody of the three children.
Veronica’s father says he had accesses to her Google Maps and was able to see her movement
He also states that the Sheriff’s office refused the evidence her family tried to hand in until three months later.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s they have conducted foot patrol searches, horseback searches, they have also had their SIRT team out searching, they have also had searches with four-wheelers. Thye have conducted many searches but have found no traces of Veronica. The Sherrif’s office has received some tips and possible sightings but none have led to finding Veronica.
Her family has also done their own searches a week after Veronica went missing, friends and people in the community joined the searches. Her father had notified the Sheriff’s office about the searches they were doing and if they would come out to help, but he received no response.
Veronica’s father says he only saw the police searching one day with ATVs which was later confirmed to be training exercises. The police conducted searches later in February.
It wasn’t until July 2020, a forensic team came to conduct searches of the vehicle and house. According to Veronica’s family, the house had new furniture and had been painted.
It took police 3/4 months to speak to her sons, who were one of the last to see Veronica alive. It was also confirmed by Veronica’s family and friends that it took police a couple of months after the last time she was seen, to actually speak to the 2 friends Veronica was with the night she disappeared.
Contact Information for Veronica-Reyes Minjares
If you have any information on the disappearance of Veronica Reyes-Diaz please contact Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813- 247-8200
Case Number: 2020-51027
Or email Piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
There is a $1000 reward for any information that leads to finding Veronica Reyes-Diaz.
Resources and Further Information
A GoFundMe page has been set up by the family to raise money so they can get a private investigator as well as to help fund searches https://uk.gofundme.com/f/search-for-veronica-reyes-diaz
Podcast Unfinished Business episode 2 (created by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office) https://unfinished-business.simplecast.com/episodes/veronica-reyes-diaz/transcript
Youtuber iCKEdMeL speaks to Veronica’s family https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA5krH1Bumo