Sophie Elizabeth Reeder

Sophie, circa 2017; Sophie on the night of her disappearance; Age-progression to age 17 (circa 2019)

  • Missing Since 05/19/2017
  • Missing From Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race Biracial, Black, White
  • Date of Birth 02/19/2002 (18)
  • Age 15 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'1, 110 - 120 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A black minidress, a fur coat, Converse sneakers and light-colored headphones. Carrying a backpack or a large purse. A photo of Sophie on the night of her disappearance is posted with this case summary.
  • Medical Conditions Although Sophie had not been officially diagnosed prior to her disappearance, her family believes she suffers from anxiety and depression.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Sophie's hair was shoulder-length and curly at the time of her disappearance. Her ears are pierced, but she wasn't wearing earrings at the time of her disappearance.

Details of Disappearance

Sophie was last seen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 19, 2017. She left her residence at approximately 10:00 p.m. Surveillance video showed her walking alone, heading eastbound past a business between the 100 and 400 blocks of west Davie Boulevard. She left all her belongings behind, including $300 cash in a bag near her bed, and also left a candle burning in her bedroom. She has never been heard from again.

Prior to her disappearance, Sophie often hung out in the area of Stranahan High School, which she had attended for a short period. She used the bus to get around. Her parents were divorced and she lived with her father. She had transferred to a virtual school and took classes online with her computer. After Sophie went missing, her mother searched her room and found alcohol, drugs and some adult-type undergarments such as stockings and garter belts, all believed to hers.

Sophie had run away once before, but only for a day, and investigators don't believe her disappearance was voluntary. She has two cellular phones, but neither of them have been active since her disappearance. The last phone ping was in the vicinity of southwest 11th Court; after this, it was either turned off or the battery died.

Evidence on her computer has lead authorities to believe she may have been the victim of a human trafficker or other online predator; Sophie had visited websites dedicated to finding "sugar daddies", or wealthy men who pay to have relationships with young women. Investigators think she was in contact with two men in the vicinity of where her phone last pinged; the men were involved in drugs and trafficking.

Her case remains unsolved.

Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 4, 2020; details of disappearance updated.