The Doe Network:
Case File 1660DFCA

Left: Hamilton, circa 1996;  Center: Hamilton in June of 2004;  Right: January of 2009

Dakota Carmen Hamilton
Missing since December 8, 1996 from Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California
Classification: Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Hamilton was last seen in Santa Barbara, California on December 8, 1996.
She was abducted by her noncustodial mother, Raquel Diego Lopez Hamilton. A Felony Warrant was issued for the abductor on September 5, 2001. They may have left the country and traveled to Spain.

 Raquel Diego Lopez Hamilton


Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: May 7, 1975
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7" (170 cm); 120 lbs (54 kg).
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White/Hispanic female. Brown hair; brown eyes; she has a tattoo of flowers on her left ankle.
  • AKA: She may use the alias last name "Lopez" or "Diego".

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office
Laura Cleaves

Agency Number: 96-0019108

NCMEC #: NCMC831200

NCIC Number: M-984242499
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Vanished Children’s Alliance

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