KENNEWICK, Wa.,--Sofia Juarez would be nine-years-old this year. A new photo shows her with stronger facial features and shorter hair.
It's called Age Progression, an advanced computerized depiction that tries to accurately assess what children, like Sofia, will physically look like as they age. Sofia was last seen February 4th 2003 at her home in Kennewick and has not been heard from since. While sometimes a long shot, the photos can help reunite children with their loved ones.
"It's very accurate, they do have a very good success rate when they generate these types of photos," said Sgt. Scott Child, Kennewick Police.
Success is an understatement. An official with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told me that since 1990, 3,200 children have had age progression photos like Sofia's taken. And as a result, these enhanced images have played a role in helping to identify and recover 756 kids. Kennewick police continue to follow-up on any possible leads that could help lead them to Sofia's whereabouts.