Sylviane Finck-Lozada

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Above Images: Sylviane, circa 2011

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 5, 2011 from East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 8, 1960
  • Age: 51 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sylviane was last seen in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana on July 5, 2011. She spoke to her family in Belgium that day; they talked to each other on a daily basis. She has never been heard from again.

    At the time of her disappearance, Sylviane lived on Springlake Drive off Bluebonnet Boulevard with her husband, Oscar Lozada, and their young daughter. Their relationship was troubled; in December 2010, Sylviane called the police and said Oscar had thrown things at her during an argument, and later that month she went to the hospital for treatment and told the medical staff her husband had pushed her down. She didn't press charges in either instance because, she said, she was afraid Oscar would take their daughter out of the country.

    On July 9, four days after Sylviane's disappearance, Oscar and their child flew from Baton Rouge to Dallas, Texas and then to Venezuela. They were supposed to fly back on July 14, but never did. Oscar told police he'd gone there for medical reasons, but he also asked a family friend to sell his yellow 2001 Nissan Xterra and give him the money because he and the child didn't intend to return to the U.S.

    Oscar told investigators he thought Sylviane had left him for another man who lived in Colombia, but her passport and bank card weren't used after her disappearance. Authorities determined he'd purchased several five-gallon buckets and bags of concrete mix after Sylviane's disappearance, and these items couldn't be accounted for. Although Oscar hasn't been named as a suspect in his wife's case, police described his behavior after her disappearance as odd, and stated they would like to question him further. He and his daughter are still believed to be in Venezuela.

    Sylviane had worked as a French and Spanish teacher at Brusly High School in Brusly, Louisiana for thirteen years prior to her disappearance. She is a nationally board-certified teacher and got a doctorate in 2009. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
    225-389-5577

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    Source Information
    Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People
    KSLA 12 News
    NamUs
    CNN
    The Advocate
    WAFB
    The West Side Journal
    Facebook Page for Sylviane Finck-Lozada

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 9, 2017; casefile added.

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