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6/8/06

Reported Confession Could Solve Disappearance of Lubbock Girl

A reported confession from an accused killer may bring answers to the disappearance of a Lubbock girl more than two years ago. Sources tell us that Rosendo Rodriguez has confessed to the murder of Joanna Rogers. She's disappeared in May of 2004. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta brings us the latest.

Rosendo Rodriguez has been locked up at the Lubbock County Jail since last September. He's charged with capital murder in the death of Summer Baldwin. Her body was found inside a suit case at the city landfill back in September of 2005.

Now, sources tell NewsChannel 11 Rodriguez is confessing to killing Rogers and putting her body in one suit case, her clothes in another and dumping the suitcases in different dumpsters. Back in December, investigators found information on computers confiscated from both Rodriguez and Rogers that prove the two had communicated.

This reported confession comes as the Lubbock District Attorney's office is negotiating with Rodriguez. We are still trying to find out if this is part of a plea bargain and what that sentence could be. At this point the D.A.'s office is not commenting on the case. However, Thursday morning investigators may return to the landfill where Baldwin's body was found nine months ago, to search for Joanna. The City of Lubbock tell us they have dumped about 400,000 tons of garbage in the past two years. We will bring you any new developments.

How Rodriguez is Linked to Suitcase Murder and Missing Teen
The Rogers family says if it wasn't for someone finding Summer Baldwin's body, investigators may have never found Rosendo Rodriguez, the man charged with her death. And without Rodriguez, the hope of finding missing teen Joanna Rogers could have remained a mystery. NewsChannel 11's Cecelia Coy reports about the connection between the suspect and the victims.

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