Agueda Elizabeth Arias

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Left and Center: Agueda, circa 2001;
Right: Age-progression to age 13 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 26, 2001 from Longview, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 20, 1998
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight: 2'0, 20 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Agueda's ears are pierced. She may go by her middle name, Elizabeth, or the nickname Lizzie. Some agencies may spell Agueda's first name "Aqueda."
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    Details of Disappearance

    Agueda was last seen in Longview, Washington on November 26, 2001. She and her mother, Guadalupe Castro, were planning to go shopping with Guadalupe's husband and Agueda's father, Gregario Arias Ibal, in Portland, Oregon during the day. They were going to buy clothes for Guadalupe's unborn baby. Gregario was located, but his wife and daughter have never been heard from again. Guadalupe had been estranged from him at the time of her and Agueda's disappearances, but was considering reconciliation. She and her daughter had lived together with Guadalupe's parents for about a year prior to November 2001.

    The vehicle the family had been riding in, Gregario's Jeep Cherokee, was discovered abandoned in Kerman, California sometime after their disappearances, parked at the residence of one of his relatives. Gregario dropped it off there, and left a message on his relative's answering machine. There was no sign of Agueda or her mother at the scene. Their disappearances are considered suspicious. They left behind all their clothes when they disappeared. Although Gregario was not a legal resident of the United States and traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico, Guadalupe and Agueda are American citizens and Guadalupe had a job in Washington and close ties to her family and her Pentacostal church.

    An anonymous phone caller to Guadalupe's family said that Guadalupe was in Arizona and ill, but the person did not provide specific information. The call was placed from Tucson, Arizona. Authorities do not know if the information provided is accurate. Gregario's family claims he and his sister Regina Ibal are also missing, but they haven't filed missing persons reports for either of them.

    Guadalupe's father believes Gregario was involved in their daughter and granddaughter's disappearances. He theorizes Guadalupe was murdered but Agueda may still be alive and in central Mexico, where both her parents are originally from. Guadalupe's mother died in 2007, but her father and siblings are still alive and looking for her. Agueda and Guadalupe's cases remain unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Longview Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education of America
    The Daily News
    KGW News


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 14, 2013; name corrected, picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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