Reward increased in Texas teenager’s mysterious disappearance

Monica Carrasco. (Department of Public Safety photo)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Department of Public Safety Wednesday increased the reward for information that leads to an arrest in the disappearance of a teenage girl whose fate has remained a mystery for 15 years.

Monica Carrasco, 16, was discovered missing early in the morning on Oct. 2, 2003, from the rural home of her aunt and uncle in Reeves County near Balmorhea.

The girl, who loved to exercise and read the Bible, was last seen wearing a beige nightgown, authorities said.

Investigators determined the only item missing from her room was her Bible.

“Family and friends have had no contact from Carrasco since her disappearance, and she is believed to be the victim of foul play,” the DPS said in a press release Wednesday.

An increased reward of as much as $6,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest.

To be eligible for the reward, tips must be submitted by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS or through the Texas Rangers Cold Case website.