Maria Guadalupe Montano
Missing since July 7, 1990 from Aurora, Kane County, Illinois
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Maria Guadalupe Montano was last seen in Aurora, IL, in July 1990. She worked as a cleaning supervisor for a local company. Her daughter last saw her, as her husband, Aurelio Montano, told Maria to get her things so he could take her to see her cousin.
In July 2008, Aurelio Montano, was charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide in the disappearance of Maria Guadalupe Montano.
Maria grew up in Zacatecas in central Mexico. She came to Aurora when she was about 14, and met Aurelio Montano at a dance.
The couple married in Ohio in 1978, and shortly after the wedding moved to Aurora, IL, to raise their daughter. Aurelio Montano became increasingly controlling and jealous, and was convinced his wife was cheating on him. Accusing his wife of cruelty, Montano filed for divorce in 1985. However, he failed to pursue the matter, and it was dismissed.
In February 1990, Maria Montano filed an emergency order of protection against her husband, claiming he repeatedly hit her, pushed her and threatened to kill her. Aurelio Montano was arrested twice in February 1990 and charged with battering his wife.
Aurelio Montano refiled for divorce in 1991, stating in divorce papers that he did not know his wife's location.
Maria Montano did not appear at the divorce hearing. Her husband speculated she fled to Mexico. Police now believe Maria Montano failed to appear in court because she was deceased.
Weeks later, her family reported her missing.
Police reopened the investigation in 2007, interviewing witnesses locally and in Mexico.
Aurelio Montano is serving a sentence at Stateville prison for the June 1996 strangulations of Juan Medina and Claudia Ramos.
Investigators Aurora Police Department
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