Nancy Catalan-Lopez had a birthday last month. It was her 17th. It's hard to imagine if she celebrated or looked forward to the kinds of gifts girls her age want, like a smartphone or new clothes. The last time the petite brown-eyed girl was seen was a year ago.
There's scant information available about her from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She disappeared Oct. 26, 2012, from Lemon Grove. She is listed as an endangered runaway. Authorities believe she may still be nearby.
There's little to go on. Nancy is Hispanic. She's 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes. Her ears are pierced. She was born Aug. 9, 1996.
Do you know Nancy? Help us fill in the blanks. Tell us about her.
Do you have information about what happened to her? No detail is too small. Please call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and help authorities bring her home:
—Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station at 619-337-2000
—San Diego County Sheriff's Department at 858-565-5200
—National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 (800-THE-LOST)
About this series:
Scores of cases throughout San Diego County go unsolved by local law enforcement investigators each year. A teen thought to be a runaway has still not come home. A dangerous parolee goes missing. A parent in a custody dispute kidnaps the children. A family member who is homeless and mentally ill disappears off the street. A loved one is murdered and there are few clues or no suspect.
No matter what the circumstances, police and relatives continue to search for those who are missing and wanted. They want the son, sister, or husband home. They want justice for the victims of crimes. They want the bad guys behind bars.
Each day in October, our Patch sites will feature a different person who is missing and wanted in San Diego County. Look at their pictures. Have you seen them? Do you have information that might help them be located, or identify a suspect?
Each profile will have a phone number for you to call to provide information. Let’s help investigators close these cases!