Missing Since
: February 28, 2002 from Eagle River, Alaska
: Family Abduction
Date Of Birth
: July 14, 1999
: 2 years old
Height and Weight
: 2'5 - 2'10, 35 - 45 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Layla has a small, superficial hole on the outside of her left ear. Her nickname is Laylee.

Details of Disappearance

Layla is believed to have been abducted by her non-custodial grandmother, Yolanda Gonzalez-Garcia. A photograph and vital statistics for Yolanda are posted below this case summary.

Layla's father, Enrique Gallegos-Gonzalez, divorced her mother, Michele Gallegos, in 1999. Michele had a drinking problem at the time and entered a treatment program. Enrique was granted custody of Layla and her five-year-old brother, Quique, and took them to San Luis Potosi in central Mexico. The children were to spend summers with Michele in Eagle River, Alaska.

Enrique shot and killed Quique in February 2002 before fatally shooting himself. Afterwards, temporary custody of Layla was given to Yolanda, but an American judge ordered Yolanda to return Layla to the United States where her mother lives. Yolanda refused to do so.

Layla and Yolanda are believed to be in Mexico, but they may return to Alaska occasionally to visit a half-brother. Layla's whereabouts are unknown and her case remains unsolved.

Yolanda Gonzalez-Garcia
Date of Birth
: May 1, 1943
Age: 58 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair.