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    CA - Gabriela Gonzalez, 14, San Diego, 5 April 2002

    Missing Since: April 5, 2002 from San Diego, California
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: September 22, 1987
    Age: 14 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'1, 115 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, black eyes. Gonzalez wears eyeglasses or contact lenses. She has the names "Gaby" and "Juan" tattooed on her back. Her nickname is Gaby and she may use the last name Fernandez.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: Levi's jeans.

    Details of Disappearance

    Gonzalez was last seen when her mother dropped her off at school on April 5, 2002. She did not attend her classes that day; she had not, in fact, gone to any since two days before her disappearance. She apparently went to visit her nineteen-year-old boyfriend, Juan Jose Vera, in Chula Vista, California instead. She has never been heard from again.

    Authorities initially believed Gonzalez had run away and many agencies continue to classify her as such, but now police suspect foul play may have been involved in her disappearance. In June 2005, police searched the Otay River Bottom in Palm City, California, because they thought her body might be buried there. Nothing was found, however. Vera has gang affiliations and was allegedly abusive towards Gonzalez, and he is considered a person of interest in her disappearance. He has been incarcerated on several unrelated charges since February 2003.

    Gonzalez left a note behind when she disappeared which indicated she left of her own accord. She was a freshman at Montgomery High School in 2002, and was not a good student. Her case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chula Vista Police Department
    San Diego County Crime Stoppers


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    Cold case: Investigators search for teen missing since 2002


    Investigators are searching the Otay River Bottom Thursday for a teenager who went missing in 2002.

    Investigators believe Gabriela “Gaby” Gonzalez , who was 14 years old when she disappeared, was murdered and they hope newly discovered leads will help identify her killer.

    Detectives have long believed the girl’s body could be buried in the Otay River Bottom. Crews will also be clearing brush to gain access to areas that contain potential evidence.

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    CA - Gabriela “Gaby” Gonzales, 14, Chula Vista, 5 April 2002

    The teenager, believed to have been a victim of foul play, disappeared on April 5, 2002. According to the CVPD, she is presumed to have been murdered, her body likely buried in the Otay River Bottom at Otay Valley Regional Park.


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    The Chula Vista Police Department says there have been major developments in this case and when all is said and done, it could make headlines around the world.
    “We believed there was evidence to be found, so we conducted an operation last week, and the operation was a success, and now we have more information to work with,” he added.

    Lt. Reber won’t say exactly what they found but he believes her killer will soon be brought to justice. He says the investigation is moving forward and there have been hundreds of tips regarding Gaby’s disappearance.
    The day Gaby went missing, she left a note for her mom saying she was going out with her boyfriend Juan José Vera. He was 19 at the time and now a known gang member with a criminal record.
    For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
    Luke 8:17

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    I thought I saw an article with a more complete quote of the note Gaby left but now I can't find it. Can anyone help?

    Edit 1: I found this at https://archive.is/TYa6j but still think there's a more complete quote of the note out there somewhere:

    "I love you Mom! Gaby," the note said. It included the date "4/5/02," and "Juan" was written on the side of the paper.
    Last edited by truecrimereview; 11-23-2016 at 05:01 PM. Reason: added partial answer to my own question


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    Thanks for bringing this update over.

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    san jose, ca
    anything new?

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    I only do self promotion when it's relevant to a thread (aside from my signature) but here's a link to my latest podcast episode, Gaby is the cold case in the final segment. It was cold when I started research and while it isn't so cold anymore I decided to cover it anyway.


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