Note articles from PA news are without statements from suspected estranged husband.
The estranged husband of a missing Pennsylvania mother, who disappeared more than a month ago, is not cooperating with investigators. "Jose won't talk to us," said a frustrated Police Chief Robert Adams during a recent interview at the borough police station. "We asked him to take a polygraph test, but his lawyer denied our request."
Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said that Rodriguez, who initially cooperated, has stopped talking and hired an attorney. The police chief described the case as "very frustrating."
Rodriguez allegedly told police his wife left their Collingdale home on April 19 to spend a weekend with friends in Newark, N.J. He told police she left her vehicle at home and said she was using public transportation for her trip. Rodriguez said he became concerned when she did not pick their children up from school on April 22 and did not show up for a new job.
Michael Diamondstein, Jose Rodriguez's lawyer, blames Adams for his client's lack of cooperation.
"Police Chief Adams and his cohorts treated Mr. Rodriguez like a suspect, like an animal," Diamondstein said on Friday. "They've searched my client's house, his cars, done DNA checks, everything they could do to tie Mr. Rodriguez to this case."
Diamondstein claimed that Adams and his investigators made errors in investigating the case, and expressed sorrow that Melissa has not been found.
"The next time, maybe he will treat people with a little more courtsey and a little more respect. Under those circumstances maybe he'll get better results," he added. "Police Chief Adams is reaping exactly what he sowed in this case."
Authorities contacted Ortiz-Rodriguez's friends in New Jersey and confirmed she was supposed to spend the weekend with them. However, they said she never made it there and they have not heard from her since April 18.
Rodriguez, according to police, has since left Collingdale and has taken his children to New Jersey.
Investigators searched Rodriguez's homes in Collingdale and Ocean Township, N.J. They are also examining a truck Rodriguez uses for his job with Amtrak.
Adams said investigators have also been busy this week re-examining everything in the case.
"We've regrouped and we've retraced our steps from day one," he said. "[We're] still working on some things we picked out yesterday."
Authorities have not named Rodriguez a suspect or person of interest in his wife's disappearance. However, Rodriguez' attorney, Michael Diamondstein, said that is the impression he and his client have.
"Generally speaking, you don't get search warrants for the property of people that you think are witnesses," the attorney told HuffPost.