North American Missing Persons Network
Karina Gaitan

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Left and Center Images: Gaitan, circa 1998
Far Right: Age-progressions at age 19, 24

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 18, 1998 from San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 2, 1984
  • Age: 13
  • Height: 5'6" - 5'7"
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Gaitan may wear purple-tinted
    contact lenses or eyeglasses. At the time of her disappearance, her hair
    was styled in bangs. She has a cross-shaped burn scar on her right hand
    between her thumb and forefinger.
  • Clothing: Light-colored t-shirt, a black skirt or pair of wind shorts
    with white stripes on the side, and black slip-on Reebok sandals with
    white lettering.
  • AKA: Gaitan's nickname is "Twiggy."
  • Case Number: TXDPS-R9807009
  • NCMEC Number: NCMC851087
  • NCIC Number: M-139565055

  • Details of Disappearance
    Karina Gaitan was last seen at approximately 1:00 a.m. on July 18, 1998 in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
    She was at Las Brisas Apartments on Blanco Road and Vista View at the time.
    Gaitan's mother woke up in the early hours of that morning and noticed her daughter was missing.
    She believed Gaitan had sneaked out of the house to meet friends at a nearby apartment complex.
    She did not take her purse or other personal belongings, and she left the front door unlocked.
    She was a student at Eisenhower Middle School in 1998, and lived with her mother and older brother.
    Some agencies classify Gaitan's disappearance as that of a runaway, but the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Antonio Police Department
    Texas Department Of Public Safety

    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    San Antonio Police Department
    Doe Network