Layla Marie Gallegos

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Left and Center: Layla, circa 2003;
Right: Age-progression to age 13 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 28, 2002 from Eagle River, Alaska
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: July 14, 1999
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 2'5 - 2'10, 35 - 45 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Layla has a small, superficial hole on the outside of her left ear. Her nickname is Laylee.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Layla is believed to have been abducted by her non-custodial grandmother, Yolanda Gonzalez-Garcia. A photograph and vital statistics for Yolanda are posted below this case summary.

    Layla's father, Enrique Gallegos-Gonzalez, divorced her mother, Michele Gallegos, in 1999. Michele had a drinking problem at the time and entered a treatment program. Enrique was granted custody of Layla and her five-year-old brother, Quique, and took them to San Luis Potosi in central Mexico. The children were to spend summers with Michele in Eagle River, Alaska.

    Enrique shot and killed Quique in February 2002 before fatally shooting himself. Afterwards, temporary custody of Layla was given to Yolanda, but an American judge ordered Yolanda to return Layla to the United States where her mother lives. Yolanda refused to do so.

    Layla and Yolanda are believed to be in Mexico, but they may return to Alaska occasionally to visit a half-brother. Layla's whereabouts are unknown and her case remains unsolved.

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    Yolanda Gonzalez-Garcia
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    Above: Yolanda Gonzalez-Garcia

    Date of Birth: May 1, 1943
    Age: 58 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alaska State Troopers
    907-352-5401

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Alaska Department of Public Safety
    Anchorage Daily News
    Procuraduría General de la República

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 9, 2012; age-progression updated.

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