Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 6, 1997 from Miami Beach, Florida Classification: Family Abduction Date of Birth: July 23, 1994 Age: 2 years old Height and Weight: 2'9 - 2'11, 33 pounds Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Vivian has a birthmark on her left hip. She has large facial dimples which are visible when she smiles. Vivian's nickname is Mimi and she may use the aliases Mimi Lopez, Mimi Garcia, Margarita Ortega and/or Vivian Lopez Garcia. She speaks English and understands Spanish also. Her ears are pierced. Medical Conditions: Vivian has allergies. She has problems with air conditioning as the result.
Details of Disappearance
Vivian was last seen in Miami Beach, Florida on April 6, 1997. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Marina Trout. A photograph of Marina and her vital statistics are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for kidnapping and interference with custody was issued for her on April 15, 1997.
Marina was supposed to have supervised visitation with Vivian, as she had abducted the child once before. On the day of her disappearance, they had a scheduled supervised visit in the 1000 block of Lenox Avenue, at an apartment Marina shared with her mother, Bertila Vargas. The visit started at noon and Marina was supposed to return Vivian to her father, John, at 5:00 p.m. Only about about five minutes into the visit, the supervisor went into the bathroom. Marina locked her in and fled with Vivian. The supervisor pried open the bathroom window and called for help until someone summoned the police. When questioned, Vargas said she didn't know Marina and Vivian's whereabouts.
John has criticized the United States government for allegedly mishandling Vivian's case and losing her case file. He kept copies of the file in his residence and says they were stolen during a burglary. Nothing else was taken.
It is believed that Marina took Vivian out of the United States, possibly to Guadalajara, Mexico or to Spain, Costa Rica or South America. Marina also has contacts in Santa Ana, California and the states of New York and New Jersey. The child's case remains unsolved. She is considered to be endangered. Texas authorities are assisting with her investigation.
Above Images: Marina Trout
Date of Birth: June 28, 1953
Age: 43 years old
Height and Weight: 5'1, 145 - 150 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Marina may use the aliases Juana Marina Lopez, Juana Marina Lopez Trout, Marina Vargas, Marina Savon, Marina Savin and/or Marina Lopez. She has a glass right eye. Marina speaks fluent English with a heavy Spanish accent.
Medical Conditions: Marina has an unspecified mental condition which may make her dangerous to Vivian's welfare.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Miami Police Department
Miami Beach Police Department
Texas Department of Public Safety
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Garden of Missing Children
Child Protection Education of America
Vanished Children's Alliance
For the Love of Vivian
Texas Department of Public Safety
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Happy Schools -- Safer, More Effective ESL Classrooms
Missing Children Center Inc.
America's Most Wanted
Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.
Last updated July 31, 2012; age-progression, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.
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