Users of the social media app TikTok contacted Kennewick police after seeing a video that includes a younger lady in Mexico that they stated matched the approximate age and presumably aged look of Juarez.
In the video shot in Culican, Sinaloa, in March, a TikTok character interviewed the girl in Spanish. When requested about her age, she stated she is 22, and went on to say she hates birthdays. The lady then stated that she’d like to talk to her household as a result of some individuals have stated she’d been kidnapped, and he or she does not know the place she is from.
“We are aware of the TikTok video,” the Kennewick police stated in an announcement. “Investigation is being conducted into that. Thank you to those who sent information on that video to us. It is appreciated,” the police stated on the webpage set as much as generate new leads within the investigation.
The web site contains age-progression pictures exhibiting what Juarez may appear like immediately.
Juarez could be 23 years previous, and TikTok customers say the girl within the video bears a resemblance to the lacking woman.
Kennewick Police Special Investigator Al Wehner stated investigators have been in contact with the character who interviewed the girl on video. He has been serving to them attempt to relocate the girl in Culican, Wehner stated.
Wehner stated he was not in a position to launch the title of the TikTok character presently.
Some individuals claiming to be the girl’s household have contacted the TikToker saying she is not Juarez and telling him to cease publicizing the video, in line with Wehner. He stated he finds these calls suspicious as a result of when Kennewick investigators tried to observe up they have been unable to achieve any of the callers.
“There’s some very obvious similarities,” Wehner stated in regards to the TikTok lady and the lacking woman. Ultimately, Wehner stated, investigators hope to ask the girl to do a DNA check to match to Juarez’ DNA on file.
Juarez’ mom died in 2009, Wehner stated, however investigators stay in shut contact with the remainder of her household.
On the web site arrange for the case, police say Juarez — who went lacking on the night time of February 4, 2003 — has by no means been forgotten.
“Sofia was a beacon of sunshine who had a bright and innocent life stolen from her. Her family, friends and community have lived under a dark cloud since she was taken from us. Sofia was, and still is, loved by all who knew her. Sofia will never be forgotten,” the positioning says.
As a results of many new suggestions coming in on the case, police say they now have “a high degree of interest” in a lightweight blue, silver or grey, late 1970’s to early 1980’s full-sized panel van with no facet home windows that was seen within the space across the time of Juarez’ disappearance.
CNN has reached out to the TikTok character for remark.