Created: 07/11/2014 7:37 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It has been 14 years, one month, and four days, since Robbie Romero disappeared without a trace. The case has baffled investigators and remains one of the biggest mysteries in New Mexico history. Unlike the little boy today, Robbie never came home.
Evelyn Romero has lived through every parent's worst nightmare.
“I don't feel I’ll ever have closure. Not after 14 years. It would be just an extreme miracle,” said Evelyn.
Evelyn's son Robbie Romero was just 7-years-old when he disappeared without a trace in June 2000. Today he would be 21 years old. She's given up hope of ever finding out what really happened to her son.
“A few years ago I stopped having the anniversaries because since Robbie’s disappearance I’ve lost my husband, I’ve lost Robbie, I’ve lost my son Ronnie, my parents, and it's just too difficult with so many family members not around anymore and it just brings up the past and it's too hard,” said Evelyn.
Hearing about the search for another little boy brought back those painful memories. Joseph Rivera’s family spent the day hanging up missing fliers while police canvassed the city. And luckily he's been found safe and is being reunited with his family tonight.
As for Evelyn, she's doing her best to move on without her son.
“I try to keep it far out of my mind just so I don't go insane because it's very difficult.”
No one was ever criminally charged in connection with Robbie’s disappearance, his brother, Ronnie, was the only person of interest in the case. He died six years ago while in prison on unrelated charges.