KENNEWICK, Wash-- Almost six years after Sofia Juarez disappeared, her mother
has died never knowing what happened to her little girl.
Sofia went missing from her Kennewick home one day before her fifth birthday back in 2003. Sofia's mother Maria Juarez died of health complications last Friday.
She recently moved to Sacramento where she began a new life with a boyfriend and a baby boy.
"Maria basically shared a lot of love with her family she was really outgoing and always willing to meet with people and you know the way you looked at her was the way you'd be treated," said Juan Juarez, her brother.
She told her new family about her, she never forgot about her and even to this day she will always have her with her.
"Right now she passed away not knowing whatever happened to her daughter and I mean that's very tough for us, you know letting her go without seeing her daughter one more time," said Juarez.
The Kennewick Police Department has had no new leads in the case, but say they haven't given up hope.
"We want to bring her home to her family and anybody that has good information that can lead us to her being found would be helpful. To date we haven't had any information that has provided us a means of finding her," said Craig Hanson, Kennewick Police Detective.