Left: Lugo, circa 1994; Right: Age-Progression to age 16 (circa 2005)
Katheryne M. Lugo
Missing since January 8, 1994 from Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Circumstances of Disappearance
Katheryne Lugo was abducted from her mother's home in Riviera Beach, Florida on Saturday, January 8, 1994.
Katheryne's mother, Frances Moya, last saw her daughter around 05:30 that day as she was leaving for work. Moya left her daughter in the care of her boyfriend's sister. When she returned home from work, Katheryne was gone.
According to Moya, her boyfriend Kazi told her he had sent Katheryne to Bangladesh and she wasn't coming home until he got his baby. At the time, Moya was 8-months pregnant with Kazi's child. She was about to end their relationship.
After Moya and Kazi were questioned for hours, police were convinced Kazi had taken Katheryne to force Moya to give up custody of their unborn child. Kazi was arrested and charged with kidnapping. But when the case went to trial, Kazi was acquitted of kidnapping in the case, after his sister recanted statements that she last saw the girl with her brother.
Although Kazi was acquitted, the FBI kept the case open tracking Kazi's every move. He was always their main suspect. They hoped he would eventually lead investigators to Katheryne. Months after his trial he started making threatening phone calls to Moya with promises - never fulfilled - to reveal Katheryne's location. On December 2, 1995 Kazi was arrested for attempted murder, in California and sentenced to life in prison.
Investigators Riviera Beach Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Special Agent Jeff Danik
Riviera Beach Police Department
Agency Case Number:
NCMEC #: NCMC786948
NCIC Number: M-702184126 Source Information:
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
America's Most Wanted
The Sun Sentinel
Florida Missing Children Information Clearinghouse