Karina Michelle Gaitan

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Karina, circa 1998;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 24 (circa 2008)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 18, 1998 from San Antonio, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 2, 1984
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Karina may wear purple-tinted contact lenses or eyeglasses with tortoiseshell frames and brown or yellow lenses. At the time of her disappearance, her hair is styled in bangs and her fingernails and toenails were painted. She has a cross-shaped burn scar on her right hand between her thumb and forefinger. Karina's nickname is Twiggy. She wears a shoe size 6 or 7.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black mid-calf length t-shirt dress with pearl buttons on the front and cap sleeves, a black skirt or pair of wind shorts with white stripes on the side, and black slip-on Reebok beach sandals with white lettering.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Karina was last seen at approximately 1:00 a.m. on July 18, 1998 in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. She was at Las Brisas Apartments on Blanco Road and Vista View at the time. She apparently sneaked out of the house in the middle of the night to meet friends at a nearby apartment complex, but they stated she never showed up. She has never been heard from again.

    Karina did not take her purse or other personal belongings, and she left the front door unlocked, suggesting she planned to come home within a short time. Karina never returned, however. She was a student at Eisenhower Middle School in 1998, and lived with her mother and older brother. Her mother stated she had no history of running away and, at the time of her disappearance, she was excited about an upcoming family vacation.

    Some agencies classify Karina's disappearance a runaway case, but the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear and foul play is possible.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    San Antonio Police Department
    The Heidi Search Center
    The San Antonio Express-News


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 20, 2010; distinguishing characteristics and clothing/jewelry description updated.

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