BY DARK SLEUTH
(Updated 4/12/16: Added Las Vegas Metro Crime Stoppers contact info)
Photo on the left shows Karla Rodriguez at age 7 in 1999.
She went missing from Las Vegas, NV on October 20, 1999.
In the middle is an age-progression of what she may have looked like at 14 years-old.
On the right is an age-progression of what she may have looked like at 20 years-old, around 2012.
(Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal)
In 1999, Karla Rodriguez was a 7 year-old little girl who loved riding her bike, playing and sometimes skipped school.
That was exactly what she did on the day she went missing on October 20, 1999.
The day began with Karla and her mother walking towards Karla's elementary school, located a few blocks from their home on E. St. Louis Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada. They ran into a group of Karla's schoolmates and mother and daughter parted ways. Karla never actually made it to school.
According to a Las Vegas Sun article from October 23, 1999, Karla sometimes skipped school so the fact that she was absent did not immediately raise concerns.
At around 3 p.m. that afternoon, her father returned home from work. Karla wasn't home but her bike was. Her sisters told their father, Karla "is around here somewhere." Then her father left for a meeting and returned at 5 p.m. By then, Karla's bike was gone.
She was last seen playing in her neighborhood around 7 p.m. on Bonita Avenue, northeast of the intersection of Sixth Street and E. St. Louis Avenue.
Around that time she was seen on her bike. She had stopped by a neighbor's house to see if one of her friends (the neighbor's son) could come out to play. The neighbor told her to go home, as it was dark and getting cold. Karla played outside for about 15 minutes and then left.
That was the last time anyone saw Karla.
When Karla did not return home that night, her parents thought she was sleeping at a friend's house, or had been picked up by an aunt who sometimes took Karla unannounced.
She was reported missing the next morning, on October 21, 1999, when Karla's mother could not find her daughter at school. The principal called police.
Nearly 2 years later, in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun newspaper from June 15, 2001, investigators discussed that Karla's mother had "a lot of guilt for not paying closer attention to her daughter's activities."
Because of these circumstances, police had to thoroughly investigate the family, including the family's ties to Mexico. They were cleared.
Las Vegas Metro Police believe that Karla Rodriguez was likely abducted by a stranger on October 20, 1999. In 2001, an independent review of the case by Project Alert supported this conclusion. Project Alert is affiliated with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. It is compromised of retired law enforcement professionals who donate their time and expertise on cases.
In October 1999, Karla Rodriguez was 7 years-old. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), she had black hair and brown eyes. Her height was 3'5" and she weighed 49 lbs. She had visible cavities in her teeth and a small mole above her right eyebrow.
She spoke Spanish and limited English.
According to a Las Vegas Sun article, Karla was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue and white striped shirt and red pants. Karla's nails were painted green at the time of her disappearance.
Karla Rodriguez was born on September 29, 1992. She would be 23 years old now.
If you have ANY information on this case, please contact:
Las Vegas Metro PD Missing Persons: (702) 828-2907
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:
(Case # 873982)
Las Vegas Metro Crime Stoppers Tip Line: (702) 385-5555
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For more information on Project Alert visit:
Sources of Information:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Karla Rodriguez, Case # 873982:
Las Vegas Review-Journal article, "Las Vegas girl vanished in 1999, leaving grieving family, frustrated police," by Mike Blasky, June 3, 2013:
Las Vegas Sun article, "Las Vegas detective compares unsolved 1999 missing person case to 'a scar on your heart,'" by Jackie Valley, May 15, 2013:
Las Vegas Sun article, "Police baffled by girl's disappearance," by Angie Wagner, October 23, 1999:
Las Vegas Sun article, "Search for missing girl expanded to Mexico," by Jace Radke, November 5, 1999:
Las Vegas Sun article, "Abduction likely done by stranger," by Keith Paul, June 15, 2001:
Las Vegas Sun article, "Police keep searching for missing girl," by Keith Paul, July 17, 2002: