Tigist Hailu

Above: Hailu, circa 2001


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 2, 2001 from Mission Viejo, California
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date Of Birth: 1969
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Hailu is an Ethiopian native. She has a mole on her right temple. Hailu's ears are pierced. Her exact birthdate is unknown, but the year of her birth is correct.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gold necklace.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hailu was last seen at in Mission Viejo, California on July 2, 2001. She was employed as a nanny by a family in the United Arab Emirates and they brought her to the United States to look after their children while they were visiting Mission Viejo. On the day of Hailu's disappearance, her employers went out for the evening. When they came back shortly after midnight, they discovered she was gone and the children were in the house alone. She has never been heard from again.

    Hailu's purse and some money from the residence disappeared with her. Her employers stated she wanted to remain in the U.S. and possibly left of her own accord to avoid having to return to the U.A.E. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Orange County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 4, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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