Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sofia Juarez: Search efforts continue

For some reason this article was listed in the "Opinions" section, but it is unsigned. Perhaps an editorial?
Article from
Community won't give up searching for Sofia
Published Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
The nightmare began a little over four years ago.
Little Sofia Juarez of Kennewick went for a walk and never returned. What happened to her is a mystery.
As the agonizing days immediately following her disappearance turned into heartsick months, her family has not given up hope of finding her.
Neither has the Tri-City community.
A renewed effort has begun to locate the girl who would now be 9 years old.
Posters of what she looked like when she disappeared and what she may look like today have been put on the sides of several semi-trucks owned by Gordon Trucking, a family-owned business based in Pacific committed to reuniting missing children with their families.
Under her photos is a phone number people can call if they've seen the girl. The idea
is to have as many people as possible see Sofia's picture in the hope it could spark the one important tip that would lead to finding her.
Kennewick police say her case continues to be investigated as a missing and endangered child, and detectives continue to receive tips about it.
In fact, police say they have gotten about 850 tips since the little girl went missing, some from as far away as Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota, California, New Mexico, Arizona and elsewhere.
Yet the search continues.
The new posters of Sofia displayed on the semi-trucks are part of a two-year-old program called Operation Homeward Bound. It is coordinated by the Washington State Patrol, but wouldn't happen without the help of businesses that include Gordon Trucking, the graphics company IMAGIC of California and Budget Auto Wrecking of Kent, all of which have donated time, services and money.
Losing a child is among a parent's worst fears. Sofia
was 5 years old when she asked permission to join another household member for a trip to the convenience store. She left so shortly after he did, it was assumed she would catch up to him. But when he returned, he said he never saw her.
Within hours, Kennewick police, the Washington State Patrol and officers from around the Tri-Cities began looking for the girl. Divers searched the Columbia River and a helicopter with a thermal-imaging camera from the Washington Army National Guard was brought in to help.
They never found a trace.
Of course, her family will never give up believing they might one day
be reunited with Sofia. It is a sign of a caring community that the Tri-Cities
continues to keep that hope alive.

If you know anything about the disappearance of Sofia Lucerno Juarez, please call the Kennewick Police at (509) 585-4208 or (509) 628-0333, or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

You can print a poster of Sofia here.
Sofia's website:

Photo and age progression from Sofia's NCMEC poster.

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