3-month-old Jacqueline Vasquez was kidnapped outside a port-potty at a swap meet in Avondale, Arizona, on the morning of May 6, 2001.
According to investigators, Olivia Castaneda, then 18, arrived at the crowded swap meet with her daughters Jacqueline and two-year-old Niely. Before meeting-up with her mom, who had a booth there, Castaneda took Niely to use a portable restroom. But because the stall was too small, Castaneda left Jacqueline outside in her baby carrier. When she exited the stall, Jacqueline was gone.
At first, she thought maybe her mother had picked up Jacqueline but immediately panicked when she saw her sitting alone at her booth. The women scoured the area for about 20 minutes before calling 911.
Avondale Police sealed off the swap meet and searched all vehicles, but to no avail. Witnesses told investigators they noticed a woman loitering around the porta-potties. Police released two composite sketches of the person of interest, but the case remains open.
It's possible that Jacqueline was kidnapped by someone desperate for a baby. There's a good chance that she is still alive and unaware of her true identity. Jacqueline has a heart-shaped birthmark on her upper right arm. If you have information about this case, contact Avondale Police Department at 623-333-7001
Sofia Lucerno Juarez
Sofia Juarez vanished on the evening of Feb. 4, 2003, a day before her fifth birthday. Her case involved the first use of an Amber Alert in the state of Washington.
According to initial reports, Sofia, her mother, and other relatives were at their Kennewick, WA., home when the four-year-old somehow managed to exit the property without anyone noticing. The family thought that perhaps Sofia had followed her grandmother's partner, who also lived at the house and had gone to a convenience store earlier in the evening, but he told the family that he never saw Sofia. Fearing the worst, the girl's mother called 911.
Based on information from a witness, investigators believe Sofia was kidnapped as she walked westbound in the 100 block of E. 15th Avenue, just a short distance from the family's home. The witness learned about Sofia's disappearance on the news and contacted the police claiming to have seen a little girl matching Sofia's description being led away by a Hispanic boy between 11-14 years old. The witness told investigators that the girl was crying while the teen laughed as he walked her near an occupied van parked on the next street.
Although investigators had the witness information since 2003, they didn't release the details about the possible suspect or vehicle to the public until 2021. Sadly, Sofia's mother died of natural causes in 2009 and without ever knowing what happened to her daughter. The family believes she died of a broken heart.
In regards to a viral TikTok video by creator Aka y Alla who interviewed a 23-year-old woman in Culiacan, Mexico, whom many suspected looked like a grown Sofia, police say DNA test results rule her out.
The van was described as a light blue or gray 1970s or early 1980s full-sized panel type van with no side windows. The teen boy would now be between 29-32 years old. If you have information about Sofia, call Kennewick Police Department special investigator Al Wehner at 509-582-1331 or 1-509-585-4208.
Suzanne "Suzie" Escobedo
Suzie Escobedo lived with her husband Cris Escobedo and their four-month-old child in a trailer home near Seadrift, in Calhoun County, Texas. That is where the 25-year-old was last seen on August 2, 2018.
According to published reports, Cris Escobedo reported Suzie missing that evening. He told investigators and her family that when he got home from work around 7 p.m., his four-month-old daughter was there, but Suzie was nowhere to be found. According to investigators, her phone, purse and vehicle were left behind. A widespread search for the mother of two turned up empty. Suzie's family doesn't believe she ran away.
Suzie's sister went to the couple's trailer that evening and noticed there was blood on the carpet in their bedroom. The family believes that something happened to Suzie in the home. They share details about the case in a video titled Unidos por Suzie or United for Suzie. The Texas Rangers and Calhoun Sheriff's Department suspect foul play but have not named any person of interest in Suzie's disappearance.
In May 2021, Suzie's family suffered another tragedy when her 21-year-old brother passed away. The family says he became depressed and anxious when Suzie vanished.
In an effort to keep the case in the public eye, Suzie's family has set up a GofundMe account to raise money to pay for missing posters, t-shirts, billboards and a reward.
If you have information about the disappearance of Suzie Escobedo, contact Calhoun County Sheriff's Office at 1-361-553-4646
Reina Carolina Morales Rojas
Reina Carolina Rojas migrated to Boston from El Salvador in May of 2022. Six months later, on the evening of November 26, Reina mysteriously vanished after leaving her apartment in East Boston.
The 41-year-old mother of two and former police officer in El Salvador, is seen on surveillance video exiting her building and standing on the sidewalk talking on the phone. According to Boston police, Reina was picked-up by a car service and dropped off five miles away near 7 Alston St. in Somerville. It's not clear why she went there, but she hasn't been heard from ever since.
Alicia Morales, Reina's sister in El Salvador, knew something was wrong when her calls to Reina's phone on November 27 went straight to voice mail. She contacted the building's landlord, Francisco Magana. He filed a missing person report on November 28, but investigators didn't issue a public notice about Reina's disappearance until January 12, 2023. Since Boston PD has acknowledged the
According to the FBI, Reina had two cell phones which were turned off just after midnight on November 27, 2022. Reina was last seen wearing black leggings, a black top, a gray hooded sweater and dark-colored sandals or slides. Reina likes to wear wigs.
If you have information on the disappearance of Reina Rojas, contact Det. Michael Byrnes, Boston PD at 1-857-274-4300 or FBI VICAP, 1-800-634-4097
Franchesca "Cheka" Alvarado
Franchesca "Cheka" Alvarado was a 22-year-old single mom living in Philadelphia. She was last seen outside the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, on March 17, 2012.
That day, Franchesca secured a babysitter and went to Atlantic City with an older male, an acquaintance named Tracy Williams, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Williams returned to Philadelphia the next day, but Franchesca did not. Franchesca's sister, Francis, went to her apartment and spoke with her roomate, who reportedly stated that Franchesca was away and would return in two weeks. At that point the family knew something was wrong.
They filed a missing person's report, and when investigators asked Williams what happened, he reportedly stated that Franchesca told him she would find her own way home, and that he never saw her after that. It would be 18 long months before a break in the case. In August 2013, a fisherman found a foot inside an Adida's high-top sneaker 26 miles away in Corson's Inlet State Park in Ocean City, NJ. When the Alvarado siblings saw the sneaker on the news, they knew it belonged to their baby sister. Months later, Franchesca's femur and tibia also washed ashore.
Although Franchesca is confirmed dead, what happened to her remains a mystery. There's no official cause of death. Both Williams and the roommate have been questioned. As of 2023, there are no updates and no suspects. Her family laid her partial remains to rest. Franchesca's daughter is now 14-years-old.
If you know what happened to Franchesca Alvarado, contact New Jersey State Police at 609-882-2000 ext. 3353
Pauline Diaz, 63, was last seen leaving the HEB grocery store where she worked in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 7, 2010.
Surveillance video shows Pauline walking out of the store and briefly speaking to a female before driving away. She has not been seen or heard from since. According to investigators, Pauline was going to the home of her estranged husband, Pedro "Pete" Ruiz, to pick a up a lawn mower. Her truck was found abandoned along Highway 181, just down the street from his home. Ruiz acknowledged seeing Pauline that day but not much else.
According to published reports, Pauline was preparing to file for divorce and some believe that was the tipping point. From the start, investigators focused on Ruiz. A search of his home turned up no results. But he remains the only person of interest in Pauline Diaz's disappearance.
If you have information on Pauline's disappearance, contact Bexar County Criminal Investigations Division at: 210-335-6070.
Liliana and Daniella Moreno
Liliana Moreno, 41, and her daughter Daniella, 8, vanished in Doral, Florida, on May 30, 2016.
The mother and daughter were last seen near a Home Depot in Okeechobee Road in Hialeah. Gustavo Castano, Liliana's ex and Daniela's father, is a person of interest in the case. According to investigators, Castano went to pick them up, and he and Moreno got into an argument. Castano claims that he dropped the mother and daughter off on Turnpike Avenue.
Although investigators have questioned Castano, they don't have enough information to make an arrest.
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to their whereabouts. If you can help, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 305-471-TIPS or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Karla Rodriguez, 7, vanished while leaving a neighbor's yard a block from her family's home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 20, 1999.
According to published reports, Karla began making her way home around 7 p.m., after her friend's father told her it was too late for a 7-year-old to be playing outside.
When Ramon Rodriguez arrived home from work around 5 p.m., he noticed his daughter and her bike weren't there but figured she was at a friend's house. Rodriguez left again to drop off the family's car with Karla's mother Elia Zepeda. He returned around 10 p.m. and went to bed. The next day, Zepeda, went to Karla's school to see if she had made it to class. The principal called 911 after realizing the little girl was indeed missing.
Investigators found Karla's bike near her home. Bloodhounds traced her scent to a nearby apartment complex on the 1700 block of Santa Paula Drive, near Oakey and Las Vegas boulevards, about a half-mile from her home. According to a cold-case detective, no items of evidence or value were ever recovered from the complex.
Karla had a medical scar on her abdomen, a small mole above her right eyebrow and spoke limited English.
If you have information about Karla’s disappearance, call the Las Vegas FBI office at 702-385-1281 or Metro homicide detectives at 702-828-3521. Anonymous tips may be left with Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
Lucero Sarabia Reeves
Lucero Sarabia Reeves was eight months pregnant when she vanished after leaving a Thanksgiving gathering in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 26, 2004.
Lucero, known as "Princess" to her loved ones, was pregnant with her third child at the time of her disappearance. Recently separated from her husband, Lucero and her two boys had moved in with her mother, Juanita Trevino, and her sister Amanda.
Lucero was thrilled to cook Thanksgiving dinner for her family. Later that evening, Amanda called to invite Lucero to a family gathering at her boyfriend's home. Lucero, 21, dropped her mother off at work and headed to the party. She picked her mother up at 10 p.m. but wanted to return to the gathering. Juanita dropped her off and headed home. According to reports, Lucero and her mother last spoke around 1:30 a.m. Lucero told Juanita that an acquaintance at the party would drive her home. Lucero was never seen again.
That acquaintance was a man named Richard Chabes. According to Lucero's family, Chabes, then 29, told them that Lucero decided to get out of the car and walk the rest of the way. Juanita reported her missing to San Antonio Police, but by the time cops arrived at his apartment, Chabes was gone. They conducted a search of the apartment and discovered blood stains on the wall, according to News 4 San Antonio. A year later, cops tracked Chabes down to Indiana, where he was serving time for an unrelated case. San Antonio Police questioned Chabes but have not officially named him a suspect in Lucero's disappearance.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Lucero Sarabia Reeves should call the San Antonio Police Department's Missing Persons Unit at 210-207-7660.
Claudia Rivero Investigative Reporter/Producer