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    TX - Karina Gaitan, 13, San Antonio, 18 July 1998

    Missing Since: July 18, 1998 from San Antonio, Texas
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: October 2, 1984
    Age: 13 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'6, 160 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Gaitan may wear purple-tinted contact lenses or eyeglasses. At the time of her disappearance, her hair is styled in bangs. She has a cross-shaped burn scar on her right hand between her thumb and forefinger. Gaitan's nickname is Twiggy.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light-colored t-shirt, a black skirt or pair of wind shorts with white stripes on the side, and black slip-on Reebok sandals with white lettering.

    Details of Disappearance

    Gaitan was last seen at approximately 1:00 a.m. on July 18, 1998 in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. She was at Las Brisas Apartments on Blanco Road and Vista View at the time. She has never been heard from again.

    Gaitan's mother woke up in the early hours of that morning and noticed her daughter was missing. She believed Gaitan had sneaked out of the house to meet friends at a nearby apartment complex. She did not take her purse or other personal belongings, and she left the front door unlocked, leading Gaitan's mother to believe her daughter planned to come home within a short time. Gaitan never returned, however. She was a student at Eisenhower Middle School in 1998, and lived with her mother and older brother. Her mother stated Gaitan had never run away from home before and, at the time of her disappearance, she was excited about an upcoming family vacation.

    Some agencies classify Gaitan's disappearance as that of a runaway, but the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear. Foul play is possible in her case.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Antonio Police Department
    Texas Department Of Public Safety

    Charley Project

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    Karina's' case was briefly mentioned on Nancy Grace America's Missing.

    Video clip here: http://cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2...as.missing.hln

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    Wow, never heard of that case before. I'd suspect foul play.

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    Karina Gaitan: Born Oct 2, 1984

    Missing Date: Jul 17, 1998

    Area Last Seen: San Antonio, TX

    Karina has a cross burned into her right hand between the thumb and forefinger. She also may be wearing glasses.


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