Darlene was last seen in Albuquerque, NM on 07/04/2001. She dropped her young son off at his grandmother's residence near 11th Street and NW Headingly Avenue and asked her to watch him while she took a two day trip to Arizona.
Darlene was accompanied by an Hispanic male at the time of her disappearance; he has been publically identified only as Jorge. Darlene never returned to Albuquerque. A week after she was last seen, her aunt reported her disappearance to law enforcement. Weeks after that, Jorge returned to Albuquerque alone. He told Darlene's aunt that he and Darlene did not go to Arizona but to Tucumcari, NM. Jorge stated they had a fight and Darlene left in the car they had driven and he never saw her again.
Jorge is wanted for questioning by police about Darlene's disappearance. She was separated from her son's father at the time she went missing. Her loved ones stated it is uncharacteristic of Darlene to abandon her child. (Information retrieved from NamUs.gov)