Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On April 5, 1998, the 13-year-old left her Casanova Street home to walk to the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Judson Street in Seaside where one friend lived. The girl later told police Ekaterina stayed until about 8 p.m. She saw her walking toward Fremont Boulevard on her way home. It was the last time Ekaterina was seen.
Ekaterina's mother reported her as a runaway shortly after she went missing. Tensions between mother and daughter, other difficulties in the girl's life, and unconfirmed sightings of her in the area after her disappearance led Monterey police, and later the FBI, to conclude her mother was right. There were clothes missing from her room and, after posters were hung around town with Ekaterina's photo, she got several dropped calls.
In 2010 police investigated if her disappearace is related to the abduction and murder of Christina Marie Williams from Seaside, who disappeared about two months after Ekaterina, on June 12, 1998. Her body was found seven months later, concealed in poison oak on Fort Ord. Charles HolifieldHas been named as a suspect in both cases. Holifield is a man with a violent past, including multiple convictions for sexually assaulting young women on the Monterey Peninsula. He is currently in prison serving time for attempting to rape a Marina woman.
Ekaterina Shcherbakova was a Fitch Middle School student at the time. Her family immigrated from Russia in 1990.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Monterey Police Department
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Polly Klaas Foundation
The Monterey Herald