Modern social media has been a cause of, and solution to, many problems that affect our modern world. With cameras attached to phones and phones in every pocket, there isn’t a corner that doesn’t have at least one watchful eye.
Whether they’re doing a civil duty of catching criminals in the act as evidence or waiting for a viral clip to blow up. Regardless of the reason, social media has the opportunity to do some good.
Back in 2003, when four-year-old Sofia Juarez disappeared, this all-eyes-open practice could have been helpful.
After walking out of her house on Tuesday, February 4th, 2003, she has never been sighted or found in any way.
It is unclear what happened, but recent video footage from video sharing platform TikTok has breathed new hope into searching for this long-lost girl.
Her case, while still open, represents the first dose of an unknown fear to the people of Washington state and has haunted them for nearly 20 years.
10 Out And About
Sofia lived in Kennewick, Washington, with her mother Maria, Grandmother Ignacia, Grandmother’s boyfriend Jose Lopez Torres, and her younger brother.
Several other relatives also lived in the same house, including aunts and uncles, and cousins. They moved from California, but the extended family originated from Mexico. They were very close and generally safe with the children.
9 Family Trip
The afternoon of February 4th, 2003, was pretty cold and uneventful. Sofia was playing inside all day until her grandma’s boyfriend Torres said he was going to the nearby store for something and asked the younger kids if they wanted to go with him as a chaperone.
No one took him up except Sofia, but he left before she was ready. She asked her mom for a dollar to buy something. Maria let her daughter out and watched her go as she ran to catch up with her almost Grandpa. That was the last time anyone saw her, officially.