Details of Disappearance Kimberly was last seen in Oxnard, California in the summer of 2015. She had been in the care of a social service agency, but was then placed with her father, Omar Lopez. Kimberly's mother, Mayra Chavez-Lopez, was allowed to visit her; the visits were supposed to be supervised by Omar and his mother. Photos of Omar and Mayra are posted with this case summary.
More than a year after Kimberly was placed in Omar's care, someone called the social service agency and said they were concerned about Kimberly. Workers from California's Children and Family Services tried to check on her several times, but Omar and Mayra told them she was staying with relatives in Mexico.
They didn't have any documentation or other evidence to support their story, however, and when police located the man Kimberly was supposedly staying with, he said he had no idea where she was.
In September 2016, social workers filed a missing persons report. On October 7, 2016, both of Kimberly's parents were both jailed for civil contempt of court for their non-cooperation with the investigation. In August 2017, they were both charged with felony perjury.
Authorities initially stated that they were simply trying to verify Kimberly's well-being and thought she might still be in California, or she may be in Mexico, specifically Tijuana, Los Reyes, Michoacan or Guadalajara. However, in February 2018, her parents were charged with second-degree murder in her case. Mayra was initially charged with assault and torture.
Police believe Kimberly was killed on June 22, 2015. Mayra made a statement to them in August 2017 and said the child hit her head while her mother was changing her pants. She subsequently had two seizures, but her parents didn't seek medical attention. She died that same night and her parents took her body to Tijuana.
Omar and Mayra are awaiting trial for both perjury and murder. Kimberly's remains have never been found.
- Oxnard Police Department
Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 26, 2018; details of disappearance updated.