Agueda, approximate photo date 2001 Age-progression to age 13 (approximate photo date 2011)
Missing since: 11/26/2001
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 11/20/1998 (21)
Age at time of disappearance: 3 years old
Height / Weight: 2'0, 20 pounds
Other characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Agueda's ears are pierced. She may go by her middle name, Elizabeth, or the nickname Lizzie. Some agencies may spell Agueda's first name "Aqueda."
Details at time of disappearance: Agueda was last seen in Longview, Washington on November 26, 2001. She and her mother, Guadalupe Castro, were planning to go shopping with Guadalupe's husband and Agueda's father, Gregario Arias Ibal, in Portland, Oregon during the day. They were going to buy clothes for Guadalupe's unborn baby.
Gregario was located, but his wife and daughter have never been heard from again. Guadalupe had been estranged from him at the time of her and Agueda's disappearances, but was considering reconciliation. She and her daughter had lived together with Guadalupe's parents for about a year prior to November 2001.
The vehicle the family had been riding in, Gregario's Jeep Cherokee, was discovered abandoned in Kerman, California sometime after their disappearances, parked at the residence of one of his relatives. Gregario dropped it off there, and left a message on his relative's answering machine.
There was no sign of Agueda or her mother at the scene. They left all their clothes behind, and their disappearances are considered suspicious.
Although Gregario was not a legal resident of the United States and traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico, Guadalupe and Agueda are American citizens and Guadalupe had a job in Washington and close ties to her family and her Pentecostal church.
An anonymous phone caller to Guadalupe's family said that Guadalupe was in Arizona and ill, but the person did not provide specific information. The call was placed from Tucson, Arizona. Authorities do not know if the information provided is accurate.
Gregario's family claims he and his sister, Regina Arias-Ibal, disappeared on the same day Agueda and Guadalupe did. Photos of the siblings are unavailable. Regina's date of birth is April 2, 1982, making her 19 years old at the time. She's described as Hispanic, 5'2 and 110 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Gregorio's date of birth is February 28, 2000 he was 21 years old. He's described as Hispanic, 5'8 and 140 pounds, with black and hair and brown eyes.
Guadalupe's father believes Gregario was involved in their daughter and granddaughter's disappearances. He theorizes Guadalupe was murdered but Agueda may still be alive and in central Mexico, where both her parents are originally from.
Guadalupe's mother died in 2007, but her father and siblings are still alive and looking for her. Agueda and Guadalupe's cases remain unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Longview Police Department
Other information: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Protection Education of America
The Daily News
Washington Missing Persons Information
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated September 6, 2019 details of disappearance updated.