North American Missing Persons Network
Kristen Deborah Modafferi

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Above Images: Modafferi, circa 1997
Bottom Right: Age-progressed to 36

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 23, 1997, from San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 1, 1979
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 140 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Modaferri has facial dimples.
  • Clothing: Black t-shirt with "Spinelli's Coffee Shop" logo,
    a dark blue plaid flannel shirt, tan pants and carrying a dark green
    "Jansport " backpack with 2 library books in it.
  • NCIC Number: M-038421722
  • Case Number: 9760524
  • NCMEC Number: NCMC991788
  • Dentals: Available

  • Details of Disappearance
    Kristen was last seen leaving Spinelli's Coffee Shop where she was employed in downtown San Francisco. She never returned to the house she was renting in the vicinity of the 200 block of Jayne Avenue, in Oakland, CA. She was going to the Lands End Beach area. Prior to her disappearance, she was seen talking to an unknown white female. She has not been seen or heard from since.

    The Providence High School graduate had just finished her first year at N.C. State University, where she was a Park Scholar, and had moved to the West Coast for the summer to take a class at the University of California at Berkeley.

    Kristen left home for California on her 18th birthday. The Park Scholar program encouraged summer excursions, and the industrial design major had decided to take a photography class at UC-Berkeley. Kristen moved in with roommates in Oakland and got a job at a museum and at Spinelli Coffee Co. in San Francisco. Her family has dismissed the notion that Kristen ran away. Kristen had a full scholarship and was close to her sisters.

    A year later, police said they suspected foul play in her disappearance. They also were investigating the possibility that she’d been attacked after meeting someone through a personal ad in a newspaper seeking friends to explore the Bay Area. At one point, a man was identified as a person of interest, but he was never charged.

    In 2000, Kristen’s Act was signed into law, creating a national database for information about missing adults.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Oakland Police Department
    Officer Dan Castanho
    (510) 238-3641

    Source Information
    California Department of Justice
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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