Details of Disappearance
Mendy and her sisters, Evelin Coria-Coronado
, Jackelyn Gomez-Coronado
and Kimberly Gomez-Coronado
, disappeared from Canton, Mississippi on September 7, 2014. The girls were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Sonia Elisabeth Coronado, and stepfather, Fernando Pelayo Coria. Felony warrants for kidnapping were issued for the abductors on September 12, 2014. Photos of them are posted with this case summary.
The children had been made wards of the state in May after Sonia and Fernando were arrested on charges of child abuse and neglect; the prosecutor said Fernando severely beat them and that their marks were some of the worst he'd ever seen. Sonia, who was charged with felony child neglect, agreed to testify against him. Authorities granted temporary custody of the girls to Sonia, and issued an order prohibiting Fernando from contacting any of them. Instead, Sonia and Fernando disappeared with the children.
Sonia's date of birth is August 1, 1986; she was 28 years old at the time of her children's abductions. She's described as Hispanic, 4'0 and 113 pounds, with black hair and black eyes. Fernando's date of birth is May 29, 1990; he was 24 years old. He's described as Hispanic, 5'4 and 160 pounds, with black hair and black eyes.
Although all the children were born in the United States, Sonia is originally from Guatemala and Fernando is from Mexico. Authorities believe the abductors may have taken the children to to Mexico. The children's whereabouts are unknown and their cases remains unsolved.