Sophia Anabel Larranaga

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Left: Sophia, circa 1998;
Right: Age-progression to age 15 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 11, 1998 from Tempe, Arizona
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: September 10, 1996
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 2'0, 25 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sophia was in the custody of the Arizona department of Child Protective Services at the time of her abduction, and lived in Tempe, Arizona. She had been placed into their care when she was two days old because her older sister, Desiree Larranaga, died of shaken baby syndrome in 1995. She was three months old. No one has been charged in connection with Desiree's death and both of her parents maintain that they did not abuse the child.

    Sophia's mother, Karla Carina Larranaga, abducted her on February 11, 1998, during a court-ordered visitation. A photograph and vital statistics for Karla are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for her on March 3, 1998. Karla and Sophia are thought to be in the Sinaloa, Mexico area. Her case remains unsolved.


    Karla Carina Larranaga
    Above: Karla Carina Larranaga

    Date of Birth: May 22, 1973
    Age: 24 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'2, 150 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Karla's maiden name is Soto. She was born in Mexico and still has many family members living there. She speaks both Spanish and English fluently.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Arizona Republic
    Phoenix New Times Alternative News Weekly


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

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

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