What Happened to Sofia?


On February 4, 2003, one day before her 5th birthday, Sofia Juarez was abducted between 8:00 pm and 9:15 pm, as she walked westbound in the 100 block of E. 15th Avenue, towards S. Washington Street, in Kennewick, WA. Sofia was taken from her family, and from us, as a community. Her mother went to her grave not knowing what happened to Sofia.


Sofia was born and raised in the Tri-Cities. At the time of her disappearance, Sofia lived with her mother, grandmother, and several aunts and uncles in the 100 block of E. 15th Avenue.


Sofia was a typical young girl who enjoyed cartoons, playing with Barbie dolls, and coloring. She was shy by nature, and not prone to wander off by herself. She was very excited about her upcoming birthday.


Sofia was a beacon of sunshine who had a bright and innocent life stolen from her. Her family, friends and community have lived under a dark cloud since she was taken from us. Sofia was, and still is, loved by all who knew her. 

Sofia will never be forgotten.