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    AZ - Karen Grajeda, 7, Tucson, 11 Jan 1996

    Karen Rosalba Grajeda









    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: January 11, 1996 from Tucson, Arizona
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: October 15, 1988
    Age: 7 years old
    Height and Weight: 3'5, 50 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic (Mexican) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Grajeda's upper right front tooth is larger than her other teeth. She was missing several baby teeth at the time of her 1996 disappearance. Grajeda's ears are pierced. She speaks both Spanish and English.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A faded purple t-shirt with white lettering on the front, pastel floral-printed shorts, Guess? shoes, a gold chain with a pendant, a ring with a red stone and another ring engraved with the letter K.


    Details of Disappearance
    Grajeda was last seen playing outside of her family's residence at Saguaro Crest Apartments on in the 100 block of west Valencia Street in Tucson, Arizona on January 11, 1996. She was roller-skating with her younger sister and some friends that evening and was last seen when she returned to her apartment to drop off her skates before going outside again to play. Her mother reported Grajeda as missing when she called her daughter inside for dinner at approximately 6:30 p.m. that evening and noticed Grajeda had disappeared. Neither her sister nor any of their playmates had seen her vanish or heard a scream or a struggle. She has never been seen again. It is possible that Grajeda was abducted by an unidentified male seen in the area around the same time she disappeared. A sketch of the suspect is posted below this case summary. He is described as a Hispanic or Caucasian male who was approximately 30 to 46 years old in 1996. He has light brown hair and green or hazel eyes. He stood between approximately 5'6 and 5'8 tall and weighed about 170 pounds. The suspect may have a moustache. He is believed to have also been responsible for the abduction, rape and beating death of another child, Esther "Lizette" Galaz, who disappeared from her home in December 1994 and was found the next day in a drainage ditch near her home. Galaz's murder remains unsolved. Authorities stated the circumstances of her abduction and murder are very similar to Grajeda's disappearance: both girls are Hispanic, within a year of one another's age, and disappeared outside their Tucson apartment complexes during the evening hours. Another possible suspect in Grajeda's case is Rodolfo Sedeno Morales. Morales resided in Saguaro Crest Apartments in 1996 and is currently serving a prison term for the abductions of five girls from the Tucson area between 1993 and 1994. He has not been charged in connection with Grajeda's disappearance, however. Grajeda's case remains open and unsolved. Her family members were cleared of any suspicion in her disappearance shortly after the investigation began in 1996. Her father was in Mexico at the time of her disappearance; her mother is also a Mexican native. Grajeda enjoys playing Nintendo games, roller skating and riding her bicycle. She was a first-grade student Elvira Elementary School and was learning to read, write, and sing at the time of her January 1996 disappearance. She has never been located.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tucson Police Department
    520-791-4444

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...eda_karen.html

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    Karen Rosalba Grajeda, 7, Missing since January 11, 1996 from Tucson, AZ
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    Karen Rosalba Grajeda
    Missing since January 11, 1996 from Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
    Classification: Non Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: October 15, 1988
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 7 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3'5"; 50 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White/Hispanic female. Black hair; brown eyes; medium complexion. Pierced ears.
    Clothing: Faded purple t-shirt with white lettering; a pair of floral pastel colored shorts and Guess? shoes.
    Jewelry: Gold chain with a pendant on it; two gold rings, one with the initial K, and the other with a red stone.
    Dentals: Available. Right front tooth is larger than other teeth. She was missing several baby teeth.
    Other: She speaks Spanish and English.
    Photos: At below link.

    Circumstances of Disappearance


    Grajeda was last seen playing outside of her apartment complex on West Valencia Street in Tucson, Arizona on January 11, 1996.

    That area of Tuscon is in the predominantly Hispanic south side of Tucson.

    Karen's mother spoke no English, and her father was in Guaymas, Mexico. After coming home from Elvira Elementary she spent the afternoon cleaning her room and playing Nintendo. She then went out roller skating with her sister and her friends in the courtyard of the apartment. At about 18.00, Karen brought her skates home and then went out to play again. Her mother called her for dinner at 18.30. Karen didn't answer. Her mother then went out to the courtyard to look for her.

    She was gone. None of the other children still playing in the courtyard had seen anything. There were no signs of a struggle, no one had heard a scream or seen a stranger in the area.

    Karen's mother called the police. Later, police and scores of volunteers combed the area and Karen's family held vigils, praying for her return home. Detectives questioned known child molesters and pedophiles in the area, and found no leads.

    Police traveled to Mexico to interview Karen's father and quickly cleared him.

    There were three other little girls from the South side of Tuscon who'd been abducted and molested between July 1993 and May 1994. In these earlier abductions the perpetrator had allowed the girls to escape, and they subsequently described the man to police. But, on December 14, 1999 another little Hispanic girl from the South side, six year old Esther Galaz, was kidnapped. A day after Esther was abducted, her body was found in a drainage ditch near her home.

    The FBI believes these four abductions to be related to Karen's disappearance. They continue to investigate cases of serial rape and murder of little Hispanic girls in the Southwestern United States.

    The suspect, Hispanic, 35-40 years old, 5 foot 8, 170 lbs. (See composite sketch at below link)

    Investigators
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    Tucson Police Department
    520-882-7463

    Email: TPDInfo@tucsonaz.gov

    Local CAse Number: 601110569

    NCMEC #: NCMC813211

    NCIC Number: M-895818848


    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:

    The Karen Rosalba Grajeda Story
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network: Case File 1542DFAZ

    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1542dfaz.html

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    I am 25 (almost 26 today) I knew Karen's mom and sister growing up and I would like to bump up this case for Karen because I believe someone knows what happened to her. I want to keep hope alive for her. Karen, if you are reading this... we are praying for you. We love you so much. I never knew you..... but through the years, every year, I have always thought of you..... we are almost the same age...... I came here for you......someone has to do this.....


    Love,
    SJT (Born, 1988) Tucson, AZ

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    They mention they don't think this is Isabel Celis but I remember back when Karen disappeared. This is 5 minutes from where Karen was last seen. 2.3 miles. Someone will have answers.

    Tucson police: Remains of child found at southside home

    When officers arrived, they confirmed the bones were that of a small child, Widmer said.

    Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor was at the scene late in the afternoon.

    The report came in at 3:08 p.m. about the remains found outside the house on the property, Widmer said.

    more

    http://azstarnet.com/news/blogs/poli...a4bcf887a.html

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    http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/2...medium=twitter

    Not much more other than looking for previous tennants.

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    There will be a press conference per TPD at 3pm today.

    Tucson Police Dept ‏@Tucson_Police · 58m
    At 3pm today Chief Villaseñor will do a press conference regarding the child's remains located yesterday



    Here's a map of where Karen disappeared and where the remains were found.

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/700+....1332959?hl=en

    News links that stream live

    http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/categor...now-live-video
    http://www.kvoa.com/livestream/
    http://www.kgun9.com/watch-live/

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    This news video says they are not Isabel Celis' remains due to the size. Here's hoping Karen has been found.

    http://www.kvoa.com/news/new-details...ormer-tenants/

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    The remains were not Karen's. They are of a 4 year old boy named Roman. His parents have been arrested. Roman has 4 other siblings that are now in the custody of CPS. CPS & TPD had been to the home before due to the older siblings missing school. Sadly, Roman wasn't noticed as missing since he wasn't in school. RIP Roman.

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    http://www.azfamily.com/news/Human-r...254280751.html

    Possibly? I don't know how long the remains have been there based on the article though ...


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    Karen was last seen wearing Guess brand shoes. One of the men who described the remains mentions little sandles. It's one of the missing & lets hope the tape on the container holds clues to who did this to a child. Tucson hasn't even reported on the remains being found. smh

    http://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/most-.../karen-grajeda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Know? View Post
    Karen was last seen wearing Guess brand shoes. One of the men who described the remains mentions little sandles. It's one of the missing & lets hope the tape on the container holds clues to who did this to a child. Tucson hasn't even reported on the remains being found. smh

    http://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/most-.../karen-grajeda
    Any more description than guess brand? Is that only a sneaker? Sorry if dumb question ...

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    Here's an article from 1997 that describes her shoes as running shoes. hth

    Karen returned to her apartment at about 5:45 p.m. and put on her running shoes. Her mother reminded her that she had to be back for dinner by 6 p.m. Karen said ”Fine” and ran outside.

    That was the last time she was seen.

    http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue2/199...s-mother-says/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Know? View Post
    Here's an article from 1997 that describes her shoes as running shoes. hth

    Karen returned to her apartment at about 5:45 p.m. and put on her running shoes. Her mother reminded her that she had to be back for dinner by 6 p.m. Karen said ”Fine” and ran outside.

    That was the last time she was seen.

    http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue2/199...s-mother-says/
    thanks!!

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    Human remains found in Arizona desert, may be linked to high profile missing persons cases

    "We noticed the branches on the top came from somewhere else. My brother thought maybe someone didn't want us to find it," said Contreras.

    Inside the container were human remains.

    "We didn't know it was human until we saw the hair and the skull. Our hearts dropped," said Contreras.


    http://www.abc15.com/news/region-nor...medium=twitter

    gar, the "high profile missing persons cases"....

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