Missing Since
: February 11, 1998 from Tempe, Arizona
: Family Abduction
Date of Birth
: September 10, 1996
: 1 year old
Height and Weight
: 2'0, 25 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes.

Details of Disappearance

Sophia was in the custody of the Arizona department of Child Protective Services at the time of her abduction, and lived in Tempe, Arizona. She had been placed into their care when she was two days old because her older sister, Desiree Larranaga, died of shaken baby syndrome in 1995. No one has been charged in connection with Desiree's death and both of her parents maintain that they did not abuse the child.

Sophia's mother, Karla Carina Larranaga, abducted her on February 11, 1998, during a court-ordered visitation. A photograph and vital statistics for Karla are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for her on March 3, 1998. Karla and Sophia are thought to be in the Sinaloa, Mexico area. Her case remains unsolved.

Above Images: Karla Carina Larranaga
Date of Birth
: May 22, 1973
: 24 years old
Height and Weight
: 5'2, 150 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics
: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Karla's maiden name is Soto. She was born in Mexico and still has many family members living there. She speaks both Spanish and English fluently.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Tempe Police Department

Charley Project