Excavation Fails to Unearth New Evidence in Long Beach Missing Woman Cold Case

After excavating in the Ridgecrest area on Thursday police have ruled our four areas of interest tied to the case of a Long Beach woman who went missing 16 years ago.

Diana Rojas, who went missing in 2000, is shown in an undated family photo released Nov. 16, 2016, by the Long Beach Police Department.

Diana Rojas, who went missing in 2000, is shown in an undated family photo released Nov. 16, 2016, by the Long Beach Police Department.

Diana Raquel Rojas was 27 when she was last seen on Oct. 20, 2000, in her apartment in the 5500 block of Ackerfield Avenue, according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department. New information the agency recently received indicates she was likely killed and led officers to search the Ridgecrest area.

But no human remains were found at the sites examined Thursday near West Boston Avenue and South Guam Street, and they were ruled out as areas of interest, officials said. Several tips have been received since detectives solicited more information on Wednesday, however, and authorities said they will pursue them.

Rojas was a single mother to her then 2-year-old daughter and worked at His Nesting Place, a church and women’s shelter, when she disappeared, her lawyers said. People who worked at the center said she often expressed concerns about her personal safety related to her estranged husband, but according to her family he has been cooperating with law enforcement.

The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information about Diana Rojas or her vehicle is urged to call Homicide detectives at 562-570-7244.