Anthonette Christine Cayedito

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Anthonette, circa 1986;
Right: Age-progression to age 36 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 6, 1986 from Gallup, New Mexico
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: December 25, 1976
  • Age: 9 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'7, 55 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Anthonette has dark-colored moles on her right cheek, nose, back and one of her ankles. She has scars on one of her knees and on her lip. Her ears are pierced. Some agencies give her name as "Antoinette." Anthonette is of Navajo and Italian descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A knee-length pink nightgown.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Anthonette was last seen inside her family's residence in the 200 block of Arnold Street off Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico on April 6, 1986. Her sister told authorities that Anthonette opened the front door after an unidentified male knocked at approximately 3:00 a.m. Her sister reported that the man claimed to be their Uncle Joe. He allegedly grabbed Anthonette as she opened the door and forced her into a vehicle. Anthonette has never been heard from again. Her mother, who was asleep in the residence, didn't hear the knock on the door and didn't realize Anthonette was missing until approximately 7:00 a.m., when she went to wake up her children. Authorities questioned Anthonette's uncle regarding her disappearance, but he is not considered a suspect and was never thought to be involved in her abduction.

    About a year after Anthonette disappeared, the Gallup Police Department got a phone call from someone who said she was Anthonette and she was in Albuquerque. Before they could trace the call, the police heard an angry-sounding male voice say, "Who said you could use the phone?" They heard the sound of a scuffle and a scream, then the line went dead. Four years later, a waitress in Carson City, Nevada thought she saw Anthonette. She described as a girl in her early teens who was sitting with an "unkempt" couple. The girl kept dropping her fork and, each time the waitress picked it up for her, she squeezed the waitress's hand. After they all left, someone found a note under the girl's plate that read "Help me! Call police." It has not been confirmed that the person who called the police or the girl in the restaurant was Anthonette.

    Anthonette's case remains unsolved. Investigators believe foul play may have been involved in her disappearance and that she is deceased.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Gallup Police Department
    505-863-9365

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Operation Lookout
    Unsolved Mysteries
    Child Search Ministries
    Anthonette Cayedito -- Have You Seen Me?
    For the Lost
    The Gallup Independent
    Unsolved in the News
    The Albuquerque Journal

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 12, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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