Katya Marie Lyne

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Left and Center: Katya, circa 1998;
Right: Age-progression to age 30 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 21, 1997 from Federal Way, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date Of Birth: November 28, 1981
  • Age: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Katya has a mole above the right corner of her mouth, three dots tattooed on her left hand, and the letter K tattooed on her right ankle. Her right nostril is pierced and she may dye her hair another color. Her first name is pronounced "Ka-tee-ah." Katya may appear much older than her true age, possibly as much as seven or eight years older. She has Hispanic features, but may appear to be Asian. She is of Salvadoran descent.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Katya was living with her father in Federal Way, Washington in 1997. She had a disagreement with him on March 21, 1997 over school. She was attending Auburn High School and he wanted her to transfer to Federal Way High School, and she didn't want to. Katya left their residence at approximately 9:00 p.m. Her father realized she was missing the next morning, and reported her disappearance to the police the day after that.

    Katya's father committed suicide four days after his daughter's disappearance, on March 25. Katya has never been seen again. Authorities theorize that she may have returned home sometime after March 21 and discovered her father deceased, then fled due to the tragic scene. Katya has never been heard from again. She lived with her father at the time of her disappearance; her mother lived elsewhere in town. Katya and her father were apparently very close and there is no indication that she was abused by either of her parents. There is also no evidence that she was involved with gangs.

    Katya, who was born in El Salvador, worked as a professional model prior to her 1997 disappearance. She had changed schools often and had many problems with her parents. There have been unconfirmed sightings of her in the Puyallup, Seattle and Midway areas of Washington since her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Federal Way Police Department
    253-661-4600

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Operation Lookout
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    NewsLibrary
    IBM: Missing Children
    CyberPages International Inc.

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 28, 2012; age-progression updated.

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