Come closer and let me tell you what we have heard, what we have seen and what we know of the Lady in White, who haunts our Frio…
It said in the month of October (sometimes September) when the families, friends and good folks who gather to play, swim, kayak and tube in the cold waters of the Frio have left for home it begins. When they’ve gone back to work, are busy with their school classes and activities and are thinking more of fall festivities than of gathering for fun at the Frio. When the water is still cold, even colder now that sun has moved around the earth a little more away from Concan and gone with it any hope of its heat.
That’s about the time that it happens. Folks around here aren’t really sure if it’s this silence that stirs her or the cold, cold temperatures of the Frio River.
Whichever it is, this is about the time many say they have seen something they just can’t believe. Is it their eyes playing tricks on them? Maybe it’s the temperature of those cold, cold waters creating a fog or mist that somehow, someway creates the shape of the White Lady Ghost rising from its waters and flowing slowing along the soft current.
People have been stopped in their tracks, skeptics have become believers and anyone who is anyone that has seen this perfectly formed see-through apparition glide elegantly atop the waters says two things.
The first – is that they stood where they were, unable to move, frozen in awe as she cascaded away, seemingly searching and desperate to find what she had lost.
The second thing is that in this moment of first seeing her, she was just as incredibly beautiful as she must have been in life.
She appears pure and kind, beautiful and graceful in her white essence and so very brokenhearted. Observers, knowing her story or not, felt within themselves her pain, her longing, and her sadness. Some of them cried just knowing that this poor spirit would never find what it was or who it was she was seeking.
Poor Maria, to be so lonely for so long is a terrible fate.
Each person waited till they could see her no more. Many ran after her once they regained her faculties, trying to find, curious, amazed and determined to help.
No one finds her. No one has been able to help as far the local stories go. Maria’s fate remains the same to this day.
The Story of Maria Juarez
According to local legend, there once were two sisters who were the prettiest young ladies in town during the early 1990s. It wasn’t long before the older sister caught the attention of a man named Gregorio, and the two quickly married.
Maria was happy for her older sister and dreamed of one day marrying as well. She wished nothing more than to have what her sister did in life: a man who loved her and several beautiful children.
A few years passed, and as Maria got older, Gregorio began to realize how beautiful his sister-in-law truly was. By this time Maria had her own suitor, Anselmo, who had fallen deeply in love with her. The two planned to marry.
As their wedding day approached, Gregorio took Maria aside and confessed his love to her. Maria insisted that she was in love with Anselmo, and for that Gregorio felt rage grow in his heart. He decided to exact revenge on Maria.
That night he appeared at her door. Thinking it was Anselmo, Maria ran out to greet him in the night.
It was not Anselmo, it was the lustful Gregorio. He confessed his undying adoration for her and said he would leave his wife so that they could run off together.
Maria was shocked but being that she was very kind, she tried to let her sister’s husband down easy, maybe she wanted to protect her sister’s heart as well as his. She explained to Gregorio with soft words that she truly loved Anselmo with all her heart and to her heart and to him, she had to be true!!
And that is when the evil Gregorio pulled a pistol from his back shot her in the heart! Maria fell dead to the floor, her dreams of being a loving wife robbed by the evil lust the filled Gregorio!! What manner of man could destroy such innocence and beauty!!
Gregorio was hanged for his vicious crime but the damage had been done. Maria’s sister, who was also broken-hearted. did not remarry and had no children. The Juarez family was no more in Concan after the deaths of Maria and her sister.
Despairing over what had been stolen from her, locals believe it is Maria’s spirit that now roams the Frio, mourning what may never be.
Her body is said to be buried nearby in an unmarked grave. Where her sister lays is also a mystery.
We didn’t tell you this to make you sad folks, we think you deserve the opportunity to maybe get out there in the colder months (if you’re looking for somewhere to travel to when it’s a bit frosty) and maybe if Maria feels she’s loved, maybe she can pass on.
You may not be the love she’s looking for, but maybe you can bring her some kind words and help her find her love, Anselmo, on the other side.