Police are searching for a mother of two who disappeared from her Irvine home in the middle of the night without taking her car, clothes or credit cards, authorities said Thursday.
Investigators said they have not ruled out foul play.
Carolyn Rodrick, 35, was last seen by her husband of 15 years before the couple went to bed about 11:30 p.m. on July 20, police said. Daniel Rodrick told investigators that when he awoke about 2:30 a.m., she was no longer in the room.
“It’s not uncommon for her to get up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water or something,” said Irvine Police Investigator Pete Linton, who is handling the case. “So he didn’t think anything of it.”
By about 7 a.m., Daniel Rodrick, 37, still didn’t see his wife but thought she had gone to the gym or gone jogging, police said. When he went downstairs to take some cash out of her purse, he noticed that there was no money in her wallet.
“She usually keeps between $40 and $100 in her wallet,” Linton said. “Her jogging clothes and gym bag were still there. Two and two started to add up.”
Later, Daniel Rodrick called a bank where his wife works and she had not shown up there either, police said.
“It’s suspicious because she didn’t take anything with her,” Linton said. Police officers were alerted by co-workers at the bank while Daniel Rodrick looked for his wife at places that she frequented, such as a stable at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station where she keeps her horse. She hasn’t been seen there since she disappeared, police said.
“She loved horses,” Linton said. “She’s got a truck so that she could pull a trailer for horses.”
Friends told police that the couple has had some marital problems recently.
But friends also said she is not the type of person who would leave her family, Linton said.
“Apparently, the problems were not anything that would make her just leave,” Linton said. “We can’t put our fingers on it.”
The couple moved into their Irvine home in July, police and neighbors said.
“I talked to her about two weeks ago. She was just moving in, and I was going to help her,” said George Faas, who lives on the same street. “They were unpacking their car and I talked to her. She seems nice.”
On the day before her disappearance, it was “business-as-usual,” Linton said.
Her children, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, often play ball with the neighbors, and Daniel often can be seen working in the garage, Faas said.
Police described Carolyn Rodrick as a 5 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 110 pounds with shoulder-length blond hair and green eyes. She is from South Africa and her accent resembles a British accent.
Her husband told police that blue jeans, a green T-shirt and white tennis shoes were missing from her closet and that she is presumably wearing them.
Police are asking anyone with information about her to call (714) 724-7174 or (714) 724-7000.