Karla Carolina Rodriguez

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left and Center: Karla, circa 1999;
Bottom Right: Age-progression at age 20 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 20, 1999 from Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 29, 1992
  • Age: 7 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'5, 49 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Karla has moles above her right eyebrow and on her lower lip near the right corner of her mouth. Her teeth are unevenly spaced with wide gaps between them, and they have visible cavities. She has a surgical scar on her abdomen. Karla speaks Spanish and limited English. At the time of her disappearance, her fingernails were painted green.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black jacket, a blue and white striped shirt and red pants.
  • Medical Conditions: Karla has an unspecified medical condition and may be need of medical attention.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Karla's mother last saw her daughter as she left their family's Las Vegas, Nevada residence to walk to school during the morning hours of October 20, 1999. Karla was last seen at approximately 7:00 p.m. that evening in the 800 block of Bonita Street. She was speaking to a group of children at the time. The location was two blocks from her family's home and also near the Stratosphere Tower in downtown Las Vegas. Karla never returned to her house and has not been seen again. Authorities have few leads as to what happened to her.

    Karla's disappearance was originally thought to be linked to a debt her parents owed a former brother-in-law. Karla's father had borrowed money from the man, who has not been identified, so he could start a business. A few months before Karla disappeared, the brother-in-law came to Las Vegas and demanded to be repaid. The family gave him $1,000, but he said that was only the interest and he wanted more money. It was theorized that the man abducted Karla in attempt to extort money from her parents, but he has since been ruled out as a suspect in her case.

    Investigators now believe Karla was taken by someone outside her family. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
    702-229-5678

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    America's Most Wanted
    Nation's Missing Children Organization
    Las Vegas Sun
    The Polly Klaas Foundation
    Child Search Ministries
    Unsolved in the News

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 1, 2013; age-progression updated.

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