Maria Theresa Santos

Above: Santos, circa 2004


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 15, 2004 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 25, 1960
  • Age: 44 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Santos is of Filipino descent.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Santos was last seen leaving home en route to work in Los Angeles, California at 6:00 a.m. on October 15, 2004. She never arrived and has never been heard from again. She left behind a young daughter and is described as a devoted mother and responsible woman who would not have left without warning.

    In May 2010, Aurangzeb Aiyoob "Simon" Manjra was charged with killing Santos and another woman, Esperanza Torio, who disappeared in 1996. Her body was found dumped on a roadside in Mexico a few days later, but it wasn't identified until 2009. Santos's body has never been recovered. A photo of Manjra is posted below this case summary. He is an immigrant from Pakistan who worked as a salesman, and had dated both women at the time each one disappeared.

    Manjra reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in December 2013; he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Torio's case and second-degree murder in Santos's, in exchange of a maximum of sentence of 25 years to life in prison. If he'd been convicted on the original charges he would have faced life without parole.

    Foul play is suspected in Santos's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

    Above: Aurangzeb Manjra in 2010


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Los Angeles Police Department
    The Glendale News-Press
    Glendale Police Department
    The Los Angeles Daily News
    The Los Angeles Times


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 3, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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