Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Vivian, circa 1988;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 18 (circa 2004)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 21, 1988 from Cucuta, Colombia
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 21, 1986
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Some agencies refer to Vivian as Vivian Paola Montanez.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Vivian's nanny took her on an outing to a local park in Cucuta, Colombia, near the Venezuelan border, on June 21, 1988. The baby never returned home and has never been heard from again. After her disappearance, a $20,000 ransom demand was made. The police apprehended the kidnappers within three days of the child's abduction. One of them was the nanny and the other two were workers at Vivian's father's factory. They admitted to their crime, but Vivian was not with them and they gave conflicting accounts of her whereabouts.

    One story was that the abductors had abandoned Vivian in the mountains near El Zulia, Columbia. Her father went to the location where they had supposedly left her and found a diaper, baby food, and one of Vivian's shoes. There was no sign of the baby at the scene, however. Later, another conspirator in the kidnapping told her father that Vivian had been sold into adoption in Venezuela or the United States, possibly the Denver, Colorado area.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating Vivian's case. Her family believes she was adopted and is living somewhere in the United States or in Venezuela. Vivian has family members living in Illinois. She may resemble her sister. A photograph of her sister at age 10 is posted below this case summary.

    The Charley Project is profiling Vivian because she may be in the United States. Her case is unsolved.

    Above: Castellanos's sister


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Springfield, Illinois Office


    Source Information
    Unsolved Crimes International
    22-Month-Old Columbiana Girl Kidnapped and Missing from Cucuta, Columbia in June 1988
    The Home Page of Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos
    The Doe Network


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 2, 2005

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