Katheryne Mary Lugo

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Left and Center: Katheryne, circa 1994;
Right: Age-progression to age 23 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 8, 1994 from Riviera Beach, Florida
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: March 6, 1989
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 65 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Katheryne has pierced ears and a nickel-sized brown birthmark on the hamstring of her right leg. She may use the alias name Parag Khondokar and/or the alias date of birth January 2, 1989 . Some agencies spell her first name "Katherine."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Underpants and a purple and white t-shirt with a picture of the television dinosaur Barney.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Katheryne's mother, Frances Moya, sometimes referred to as Francisca Maya, told authorities she last saw Katheryne at approximately 5:30 a.m. on January 8, 1994 at their residence at the Wood's Edge apartment complex on Military Trail, north of Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach, Florida. Moya departed for work at that time and left Katheryne in the care of Moya's former live-in boyfriend, Misbah Muhammad Kazi. Kazi is not Katheryne's biological father. Moya stated that when she returned home later in the day, Kazi informed her that he had sent Katheryne to his native Bangladesh. Kazi claimed that he would not allow Katheryne to return to the United States until Moya agreed to give him full custody of their unborn child. Moya was eight months pregnant with a girl in January 1994, and was planning to end her relationship with Kazi. She stated they had been having problems for years and he mistreated her and Katheryne; she had sought an injunction against him for domestic violence in 1992.

    Authorities believe that Kazi abducted Katheryne in an attempt to force her mother to give up her rights to her unborn baby. He was charged with Katheryne's kidnapping, but was acquitted during his trial. Kazi's defense was that Moya had sent Katheryne away into hiding in a spiteful attempt to frame him for kidnapping the child. He remains the prime suspect in Katheryne's case. Kazi began harrassing Moya by telephone after his trial ended, insinuating that he would reveal Katheryne's whereabouts. He never divulged the child's location. Moya believes Kazi's sister, who lived in the United States in 1994 but was later deported, may have been involved in Katheryne's abduction. The sister has never been charged in Katheryne's case. She was one of the key witnesses against Kazi at his kidnapping trial, but recanted her statement that she had last seen Katheryne in his company. Moya now lives in New York, which is where Katheryne was born. She continues to hope Katheryne will someday be returned to her.

    Kazi is currently serving a life sentence in a California prison for attempted murder. He was convicted after beating his pregnant fiancee with a hammer in 1995 and leaving her for dead. Authorities stated that Kazi purchased a $300,000 life insurance policy on the woman and intended to kill her in order to receive the settlement. Although he has been offered several deals by prosecutors, Kazi has continued to refuse to cooperate with investigators regarding Katheryne's case. He has offered to produce proof that the child is alive, but has never actually done so.

    Katheryne's case remains open and unsolved. Authorities believe she may still be alive and within the United States. Her family has ties to New York, New Jersey and West Palm Beach, Florida as well as Bangladesh.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Riviera Beach Police Department
    561-845-4150

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    Florida Office
    561-833-7517

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    America's Most Wanted
    Child Protection Education Of America
    WSVN TV-7
    Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
    Child Seek Network
    Child Watch of North America
    The Doe Network
    NewsLibrary
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    The Palm Beach Post

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 7, 2013; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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