Left & Center: Rojas, circa 1996; Right: Progressed to age 21
Adriana Lisette Rojas
Missing since May 7, 1996 from Rowland Heights, Los Angeles County, California
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
On May 7, 1996, 17-year-old Adriana Rojas called her mother at work and said she was going to rest at home before heading to night class. Her older brother later heard the front door slam. Rojas left behind a half-eaten sandwich and her purse, money, backpack and pager. Adriana Rojas also told her mother she wanted to move and hated the house that she used to love before. The teen also didn't bring home papers for a graduation cap and gown, which led her mother to suspect she didn't want to graduate. Adriana was close to her siblings but in the last few months wouldn't talk to her older brother and was fighting with her little brother.
While it was unknown whether she ran away or was abducted, detectives believe there is enough evidence to indicate foul play.
Her mother told detectives the girl had run away once before, but that time she had packed for her two-week absence. This time she did not. When she ran away from home before she took a lot of items including drapes. But this time, she left with nothing. There's been no word from her since.
Investigators Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau-Missing Person's Unit
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau-Missing Person's Unit
Agency Case Number: 096-07890-2931-402
NCMEC #: NCMC834986
NCIC Number: M927232165 Source Information:
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
California Department of Justice
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Los Angeles Times 1996
Pasadena Star-News (CA) - Sunday, August 13, 2006
NamUs MP #4448