RENO — The Reno Police Department and North Las Vegas Police Department have been jointly investigating the similarities in the abductions and murders of 7-year-old girls April Marie Rhodes and Monica DaSilva.
On Nov. 23, 1986, at about 11 p.m., April was last seen alive in her bunk bed, which she shared with her 10-year-old brother. The bed was directly under the window in their low-income apartment located on Statz Street in North Las Vegas. At 8 a.m. on Nov. 24, April’s mother discovered her daughter missing and her brother still asleep. Several hours later, NLV police found April’s body in a vacant storage room. She had been brutally battered and sexually assaulted.
On Sept. 23, 1990, 7-year-old Monica DaSilva was placed in her bed at about 11 p.m. with her 5-year-old brother in their apartment located on Idlewild Drive in Reno. The following morning, Monica was discovered missing when her parents went into the room to wake her up. Her brother was still asleep at the time of the discovery. The window directly over her bed was open and the screen was removed. Monica’s remains were found three weeks later just outside of Sparks.
Similarities between the two abductions are as follows:
• The age of the victims (7)
• Both victims were abducted in the same general time of the night.
• Both victims were abducted from their beds through open windows.
• Both victims had bedroom windows that opened to alleys.
• Both victims and their families were of the same socio-economic status.
The Reno Police are asking the public for information about any suspicious person who might have lived in both areas, North Las Vegas and Reno, within the time frames of the abductions, and who might have left these areas shortly after the crimes occurred.
Anyone with further information is requested to call Reno Police Department Detective Division at 334-2115 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.