6p.m.- Conroe Police and Equisearch have finished the search for today at the Security Landfill on Highway 105 East. The Conroe Police Department is utilizing not only Waste Management equipment but also equipment and manpower from the Conroe Public Works Department.
According to police Martha Jimenez, 44 was last seen leaving her job at a convenience store at Humble Tank and Old Montgomery in Conroe at midnight. Security cameras show her locking the doors. She lived across the street on Humble Tank Farm.
On Sunday afternoon her children reported her missing. The daughter 18, son 20 and a 3-year-old child resided with her and her husband Luis Jimenez, 54 in the double wide mobile home.
Conroe Officer McCreary was dispatched to 508 Old Magnolia on the afternoon of April 10. A report was taken and an investigation started. Apparently Luis Jimenez told the children he believed she fled to Mexico. After further investigation he was arrested and charged with giving false information and remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Investigators got a lead and ran with it. It was determined that Jimenez who worked for Waste Management for many years was a heavy equipment operator at the landfill the past four years. Waste Management security video shows a vehicle, believed to be his Chevrolet pickup enter the secured landfill through a locked gate at approximately 5:30a.m. on Sunday, April 10, the same day his wife was reported missing. Even though the gate was locked Jimenez did have the combination.
The new information wasn’t uncovered until a week after the report. Last Monday Conroe Police started the search.
At this point they are they are concentrating on one spot of the 330 acre landfill. This was determined as the area that was uncovered at the date she vanished. Police explained Waste Management dumps in different areas on different days and then covers it with a layer of dirt. At this point they are over fifteen feet deep on the dig.
Equisearch brought dogs in at the beginning but there were to many false detections. Now they are using backhoes to dig and then spread each bucket load out with a rake.
The search will continue first thing Thursday morning.