Kennewick police receive new information on Sofia Juarez’s disappearance

Sophia Juarez
The woman on the left is the subject of a viral TikTok video that's being investigated in connection to the case. On the right is a picture of Sofia Juarez.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — In 2003, a small girl named Sofia Juarez went missing near her home in Kennewick. She wasn’t recovered and her whereabouts are unknown, but local police never gave up on finding Sofia. Their most recent effort, a website dedicated to finding Sofia, received strong support from the community.

Since creating the website, the KPD has received over 75 tips from community members including one crucial piece of information that may be the catalyst in finding Juarez. Someone described as a “highly credible witness” allegedly observed a female matching Sofia’s description walking on the sidewalk at S. Washington St. near E. 15th Ave on the day of her disappearance in 2003.

This witnesses’ account fits the description of the time and location of Sofia’s disappearance. Kennewick police say that the witness saw a young girl crying as she was led away from the area. For investigative purposes, the KPD is not releasing details about the suspect at this time. However, they are seeking further information on a vehicle that may be connected to the case.

Officers are asking for info regarding a van that was parked on a side street in the area of Sofia’s disappearance. The vehicle was described as a full-sized panel van with no side windows; similar to the type of van used by painters and contractors. It was either light blue or silver and authorities believe it was manufactured in the 1970s or 80s.

The KPD has a high degree of interest in the van and is actively seeking information from anyone who saw a van in the area of S. Washington Street near E. 15th Avenue between 8:00 pm and 9:15 pm on February 4, 2003. They’re also looking for more information from anyone with a similar van or who lived near the area.

Additionally, Kennewick investigators are looking into a viral TikTok video in which a young woman in Mexico claims that she may have been kidnapped at a young age and doesn’t know how old she is. If you’d like to view the video, you can click here.

If you have any information that could help bring Sophia home, please visit the website at https://www.go2kennewick.com/1368/What-Happened-to-Sofia and leave a tip. You can also reach out directly to the KPD’s special investigator, Al Wehner, at 509-582-1331 or al.wehner@ci.kennewick.wa.us