North American Missing Persons Network
Karen Rosalba Grajeda

1 2 AP

Above Images: Left and Center: Grajeda, circa 1996
Right: AP to age 21

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 11, 1996 from Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: October 15, 1988
  • Age: 7
  • Height: 3'5"
  • Weight: 50-55 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black/dark brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White/Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears. Upper
    right front tooth is larger than other teeth. She was missing
    several baby teeth. Speaks Spanish and English.
  • Clothing: Faded purple t-shirt with white lettering
    on the front, pastel floral-printed shorts and Guess? shoes
  • Jewelry: Gold chain with a pendant, a ring with a red
    stone and another ring engraved with the letter "K".
  • Case Number: 601110569
  • NCIC Number: M-895818848

  • Details of Disappearance
    Grajeda was last seen playing outside of her family's residence in the 100 block of Valencia Street in Tucson, Arizona on January 11, 1996.

    Karen rode her bicycle, roller-skated, then played Super Mario on her Nintendo after school, she then cleaned her bedroom and took off outdoors to play again. Friends last saw her at about 6 p.m., walking out of a large courtyard at the Saguaro Crest Apartments, 175 W. Valencia Road, where she and they were playing. The 410-unit apartment complex is near South 12th Avenue.

    The girl's mother, Rosalba Grajeda Lozoya, a native of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, periodically checked on Karen when she played outdoors, and did so the evening she disappeared. The child's father is a fisherman in Guaymas. She was a first-grader at the Elvira Elementary School at the time.

    There were three other little girls from the Southside of Tucson who'd been abducted and molested between July 1993 and May 1994. In these earlier abductions the perpetrator had allowed the girls to escape, and they subsequently described the man to police. But on December 14, 1994, another little Hispanic girl from the Southside, six year old Esther Galaz, was kidnapped and murdered. The suspect in those cases was described as about 5 feet 9 and 155 pounds, between 30 and 45, with light brown hair and a reddish-tinged mustache. He was believed to be driving a light blue car.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tucson Police Department
    (520) 791-4444 OR (520) 882-7463

    Source Information
    National Center For Missing and Exploited Children