Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Sofia was last known to be playing with her brother in her bedroom between 8:15 and 9:15 p.m. on February 4, 2003, the day before her fifth birthday. Sofia left the bedroom and told her mother, Maria Juarez, she was going to the store five blocks away. She would be accompanied by her grandmother's boyfriend, Jose Lopez Torres. Maria gave her a dollar to spend at the store and assumed she caught a ride with Torres. Sofia did not get into the car, however. No one saw her leave the house. When Torres returned from the store at 9:45 p.m. and said Sofia had not gone with him, Maria alerted the authorities. Police fear she wandered outside and was abducted. Sofia’s disappearance was treated as an abduction from the outset and an Amber Alert was issued. Sofia is shy and would not go with a stranger without a fuss.
Two detectives assigned to the case questioned a man claiming to have seen a mid-nineties model full-sized faded orange van in the neighborhood around the time Sofia disappeared. The driver was described as a blond-bearded white man, about 30 to 40 years of age. The van's license plates are believed to be from Washington State and included the letters JJ. Authorities are not sure if the vehicle is connected to Sofia’s disappearance, but are still searching for the owner or driver of the vehicle for questioning.
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Kennewick Police Department