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Case File 1617DFCA

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Left & Center: Rojas, circa 1996;  Right: Progressed to age 21

Adriana Lisette Rojas
Missing since May 7, 1996 from Rowland Heights, Los Angeles County, California
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing


Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: July 23, 1978
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7"; 125 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White / Hispanic female. Brown hair (may dye it blonde); brown eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Adriana has a light colored birthmark on her left leg and a mole on her left hand.
  • Clothing: Believed to have been wearing white shorts and a pink top
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available


Circumstances of Disappearance
On May 7, 1996, 17-year-old Adriana Rojas called her mother at work and said she was going to rest at home before heading to night class. Her older brother later heard the front door slam. Rojas left behind a half-eaten sandwich and her purse, money, backpack and pager. Adriana Rojas also told her mother she wanted to move and hated the house that she used to love before. The teen also didn't bring home papers for a graduation cap and gown, which led her mother to suspect she didn't want to graduate. Adriana was close to her siblings but in the last few months wouldn't talk to her older brother and was fighting with her little brother.
While it was unknown whether she ran away or was abducted, detectives believe there is enough evidence to indicate foul play.
Her mother told detectives the girl had run away once before, but that time she had packed for her two-week absence. This time she did not. When she ran away from home before she took a lot of items including drapes. But this time, she left with nothing. There's been no word from her since.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau-Missing Person's Unit
323-890-5500
Email

Agency Case Number: 096-07890-2931-402

NCMEC #: NCMC834986

NCIC Number: M927232165
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
California Department of Justice
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Los Angeles Times 1996
Pasadena Star-News (CA) - Sunday, August 13, 2006
NamUs MP #4448


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