Kaya Marie Centeno

Kaya at age 7 (circa 2009); Age-progression to age 18 (circa 2020)

  • Missing Since 06/01/2010
  • Missing From Rohnert Park, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 05/23/2002 (22)
  • Age 8 years old
  • Height and Weight 3'6, 50 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Kaya may use her birth name, Kaya Whitney Kazzee.

Details of Disappearance

Kaya was last seen in Rohnert Park, California sometime between mid-2010 and mid-2012. The exact circumstances of her disappearance are unclear, as the authorities did not learn she was missing until 2020.

In July 2020, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety was contacted by Child Protective Services (CPS) about possible child abuse that had happened in their city. CPS had been in contact with the authorities in Mexico about two victims, a 17-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, who had been taken into protective custody due to alleged abuse by their adoptive parents, Gina Michelle Centeno and Jose Anthony Centeno.

The two children had been brought to Mexico from Rohnert Park about a year and a half earlier to live with extended family. Both of them stated they had been physically, sexually and emotionally abused over an eight- to ten-year time period. They made references to their older sister Kaya, who used to live with them in Rohnert Park but had disappeared about eight or ten years earlier.

Kaya and her two younger siblings had been adopted by Gina and Jose in 2008. Kaya had been enrolled in John Reed Elementary School in Rohnert Park, but in her second-grade year, 2010-2011, she was withdrawn in order to be homeschooled. At some point not long afterwards, she disappeared.

Police obtained search warrants for the Rohnert Park residence where Kaya's siblings alleged the abuse took place. They found evidence to corroborate the children's statements and subsequently arrested Gina and Jose for aggravated kidnapping in Kaya's case and kidnapping, torture, and various sex offenses in the case of her two siblings.

The two suspects are awaiting trial. Kaya's whereabouts remain unknown.

Investigating Agency

  • Rohnert Park Police Department 707-584-2600

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated August 23, 2020; picture added, details of disappearance updated.