Rosario Teresa Gonzales
Gonzales, approximately 1984; Christopher Wilder
Date and time person was reported missing : 02/26/1984
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 09/27/1963 (57)
Age at the time of disappearance: 20 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 115 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white t-shirt with "Mejoral" printed on the front, red shorts, beige shoes and a diamond engAge at the time of disappearance: ment ring. Carrying a gray purse.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Gonzales's nickname is Chary. She was born in Cuba.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gonzales was last seen at the Miami Grand Prix Ethnicity : track, where she was working at a temporary job distributing samples of aspirin for a pharmaceutical company. She was paid $200 a day. Witnesses states that she left the Grand Prix track between noon and 1:00 p.m. on February 26, 1984 with a Caucasian man in his thirties. Her blue 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found parked near Dupont Plaza.
Gonzales was supposed to return home between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., and she usually called whenever she was going to be late. She has never been heard from again. She resided with her parents in Homestead, Florida, twenty-three miles from Miami.
Gonzales is not thought to have left of her own accord. She was born in Cuba and moved with her family to Massachusetts, via Spain, in 1973. In 1979 they moved to Miami, where they had extended family members. She was engAge at the time of disappearance: d to be married in June of 1984 and had dreams of a career as a model. She never picked up her last paycheck. Christopher Wilder became a suspect in Gonzales's disappearance in March 1984.
Photos of Wilder are posted with this case summary. He was put on probation in 1980 after pleading guilty to attempted Gender : ual battery towards a teenAge at the time of disappearance: girl. While on a visit home to Australia that same year, he was charged with kidnapping and Gender : ually assaulting two teenAge at the time of disappearance: girls. His parents bailed him out of jail and he flew back to the United States, promising to return for his trial which was set for April 1984.
Wilder has been linked to at least a dozen disappearances, rapes, murders and/or attacks of women in the early to mid-1980s, including the disappearances of Mary Opitz, Elizabeth Kenyon, and Tammy Leppert. He sometimes attempted to lure young female victims by offering non-existent "modeling sessions" or other tactics.
Gonzales was an aspiring model at the time of her disappearance and had participated in the Miss Florida beauty contest along with Elizabeth Kenyon. In addition, Wilder was a Ethnicity : car driver who frequented the Miami Grand Prix Ethnicity : track and was reportedly present there the day Gonzales disappeared.
Wilder went on a killing spree later in 1984 where he traveled across the United States, abducting, raping, torturing, and killing women along the way. He was killed in a struggle with police officers in New Hampshire in the late spring of 1984 and died without ever divulging what he might have known about Gonzales's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved.
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September 2021 updates and sources
The Crime Library
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Christopher Wilder Biography
Foster's Daily Democrat
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
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