Doe Network

1475DFCOL - Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos

1 2 3 age-progression
Image 1: 16 months old; Images 2 and 3: 21 months old; Image 4: Age-progressed to 18 years (by Sarah Foster)

Name: Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: June 21, 1988
Location Last Seen: Cucuta, Colombia

Physical Description

Date of Birth: August 21, 1986
Age: 22 months old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Unknown
Fingerprints: Unknown
DNA: Unknown

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

On June 21, 1988, Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos was taken to a park by her nanny who then fled with her. There were others involved in the kidnapping as well.

The child's father has a manufacturing plant in San Antonio de Tachira, Venezuela across the border from Cucuta, Colombia. Two men from the factory, the nanny, and another woman were trying to receive ransom from the family, but the Cucuta Police were notified and the people were caught and sent to prison for three years. They claimed to have abandoned the girl on a mountainous country road and have always stuck to that story.

In 1999 or 2000, the family received a lead from one of the kidnappers' family that the girl was in Denver, Colorado. This lead was pursued and the local news media did a story on Vivian Paola. There were never any new leads after that.

The family believes the girl was taken into Venezuela and then sold, and possibly has been in the USA living for many years with a very controlling family. They also believe the girl is not allowed to have very many friends.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: FBI - Springfield Illinois
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 217-522-9675
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: Not listed

Information Source(s)

The Family of Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos
YouTube: Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 2/17/16

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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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