Mario Lopez

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Mario, circa 2005;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 14 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 8, 2005 from Livingston, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 11, 1998
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'6, 38 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Mario has a widow's peak.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue jeans and a shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Mario and his twelve-year-old brother, Joel Lopez Jr., disappeared from Livingston, California on March 8, 2005. They were last seen playing basketball at the Livingston Middle School playground in the 600 block of F Street at 5:30 p.m. Their foster parents reported their disappearances to the police two hours later. Mario and Joel did not have any extra clothing with them when they went missing. Neither of them had a history of running away.

    Joel, Mario, and their two sisters had been removed from the Madera, California home of their biological parents, Joel Hernandez Lopez Sr. and Ana Lopez (sometimes referred to as Anna Sandoval-Lopez), and placed in foster care shortly before the boys disappeared. Authorities have been unable to locate Ana and Joel Sr. since then. Joel Sr.'s date of birth is January 11, 1960; he was forty-five years old in March 2005. Ana's date of birth is June 21, 1962; she was forty-two. Photographs and additional vital statistics for the parents are unavailable. Their last known address was in Fresno, California.

    A photo of Joel is posted below this case summary. He was found safe in 2012, seven years after his disappearance, but his younger brother remains missing. Mario's case remains unsolved. He may still be in the local area, or may be in Fresno.

    Joel Lopez
    Above: Joel Lopez in 2005

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Livingston Police Department
    209-394-7917

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Crime Library
    California Attorney General's Office
    Operation Lookout

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 2, 2013; age-progression updated.

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