Guadalupe Barajas Castro

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Above Images: Guadalupe, circa 2001


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 26, 2001 from Longview, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 28, 1978
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, black eyes. Guadalupe's ears are pierced. Her nickname is Lupita and she may use the last name Castro-Arias or Castro Arias.
  • Medical Conditions: Guadalupe was eight and a half months pregnant at the time of her November 2001 disappearance. It was considered a high-risk pregnancy and she was not supposed to travel.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Guadalupe was last seen in Longview, Washington on November 26, 2001. She and her daughter, Agueda Arias, 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
    California Attorney General's Office
    Child Protection Education of America
    The Daily News
    KGW News


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 14, 2013; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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