Lisset Soto Salinas (Missing Person)

Date:
October 14, 2010 (Thursday)

Location:
Near the intersection of Camino del Sur No. 218 and San Ramón Oriente
La Paz, Baja California Sur

Situation:
Missing

Lisset Solo Salinas

Nickname: Unknown
Alternative Name: Lizeth

Disappearance

Missing from: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Date Missing: October 14, 2010 (Thursday)
Taken By: Unknown

Circumstances:

Este artículo fue traducido del español original. Si observa un error, comuníquese con nosotros a thesuitcasedetective@outlook.com.

Lisset was only 8 when she disappeared, a bright little girl in fourth grade at Luis Donaldo Colosio elementary school with big dreams of becoming a dancer someday. She had even started classical dance lessons and was doing quite well.

Lisset was reported missing by her father (‘Melchor Soto Torres’). The family was living in the Camino Real area near the intersection of Camino del Sur No. 218 and San Ramón Oriente at the time.

Lisset was last seen by her father as she returned from school. Usually, her father would take her to school and then head to work; he would then close the store and go pick her up after school and take her back to work with him. Lisset’s mother (Esmerelda Salinas) would then stop by the store, they would all eat together, and then Lisset and her mother would head home.

As usual, Lisset briefly met with her father after school and he accompanied her back to his workplace. Then he got a message from Mrs. Salinas that she was not feeling well, and he was concerned as Lisset had not yet eaten. So they decided to let Lisset take the city bus. He escorted her to the bus and she headed home towards the Camino Real neighborhood around 3:45pm (15:45).

*We wonder if police were able to see who else got off the bus with Lisset — was there someone on the bus who noticed her alone and contact accomplices to kidnap her? Did they notice her randomly on the street? Her going home alone was not the standard so it seems difficult to image it was pre-meditated unless the mother was somehow involved. There is no evidence to suggest as much, which makes it still likely that the kidnapping was random.

According to her mother, Lisset called on her cell phone to say she had gotten off the bus at the Oxxo (a convenience store) in Camino Real and was headed home, but she never arrived. CCTV confirms she walked past the Oxxo. The trip was short and she traveled it daily to and from school, but this time something went wrong.

A short time after calling, Lisset rang again at 4:02pm (16:02) – this time frightened by a van that seemed to be following her. Suddenly, the phone call dropped, and Lisset vanished. She has never been found. Although the family was immediately concerned and contacted police, reports suggest police waited 48 hours to begin the search (Link). Her family rushed around franticly searching the area on their own. Mrs. Salinas raced along the path to the bus stop but found nothing, demanding to look in people’s vans, but saw nothing. One couple offered to help, driving Mrs. Salinas around looking for Lisset.

*There are some sources that say at least one other girl in the area also fought off kidnappers in a van, and the incidences were reported to police but ignored. In this case, the kidnappers may have been operating of the area and might be familiar to locals who saw them without realizing (Link)

Lisset’s phone disappeared with her, but it has never yielded any insight into where she was taken. Nor were any ransom calls made.

Rumors about Lisset’s disappearance have circled ever since, and police have provided no insight. Some believe her mother remained too calm in the aftermath and may have someone been involved; however, there is no evidence to prove this.

Mr. Salinas claims police failed to seriously consider the case and the family filed a complaint with the attorney general. At that point, police turned the investigation on the family themselves – demanding both parents complete polygraphs which they passed and (he argues) unfairly harassing them. Volunteers put together the age-progression image at the beginning of this article, but police have not published an official version. Mr. Salinas believes the police may have undermined the investigation to keep the rumors from circulating in a tourist-centric area.

Others have suggested it might have been organ harvesters (Link). Some point out that the area where Lisset is from has its own traditions and culture, one where the cartels have great significance (Link). They suspect she may have been trafficked into drug or sex industries. The family claims they are strong Christians and are related primarily to other Christian families; they cannot think of anyone who would have a grudge or would be involved in those kind of crime amongst their acquaintances.

Over time, for many, Lisset has faded into the list of 6,614 children and teens who vanished from Mexico between 2015 – 2019 (Link). . . . but for her family and those still looking her memory lives on as bright as ever.


Since Lisset went missing, reports about three separate young girls who looked like Lisset have spread on social media. It appears none of them were confirmed to be Lisset and have been shown to be other girls unfortunately. Lisset remains missing as of December 2020.

Interview with Lisset’s mother.

Key Descriptors

  • Date of Birth: November 19, 2001
  • Age at Disappearance: 8
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic
  • Nationality: Mexico
  • Gender at Birth: Female
  • Hair: Light Brown, Straight, Medium
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Height: 3’11” (119.4 cm)
  • Weight: Thin

Distinguishing Marks or Factors

  • Notable bags or dark circles under her eyes
  • Mole on her neck

Clothing

  • School Green shorts (seems like something similar to the green color of a chalkboard)
  • White blouse with a round neck
  • Pink & White Tennis Shoes

If You or Anyone You Know Has Information About The Disappearances, Please Contact:

Missing Person poster for Lisset Soto Salinas
Missing Person poster for Lisset Soto Salinas

Spanish Version

Esta menor fue reportada como desaparecida por su padre de nombre Melchor Soto Torres con domicilio sito en Camino del Sur no 218 E/ Camino del Triunfo y San Ramón Fracc., Camino Real.

El día 14 de octubre del presente ano y fue vista por ultima vez frente a las instalaciones de la UBCS.

Al abordar un camión urbano con rumbo a la colonia Camino Real a las 15:45 hrs aprox.

Manifestando su madre que la menor le realizo una llamada de su telefono celular diciéndole que se habia bajado en el oxxo de camino real y que se diriga hacia su hogar pero nunca llego.

Al momento de su desaparicion vestia un short color verde escolar, blusa blanca cuello redondo tenis rosas y tiñes blancos.

Como senas particulares la menor tiene ojeras desde sus nacimientos bien marcadas.

Desconociendo hasta el momento su paradero por lo que se integro LA A.P. Num. Lpz1228/tur 2/2010 de fecha 14/10/2010.

Para cualquier informacion llamar a los telefonos 01-800-71-07-293

Missing Person poster for Lisset Soto Salinas
Missing Person poster for Lisset Soto Salinas

Resources

  • Bibiano, R. (2016) ‘México: Trata de Personas – Caso Lisset Soto Salinas, La Paz,Baja California’, Argintina Inside News, 5 March. Link
  • Bibiano, R. (2013) ‘ALERTA INTERNACIONAL – ´POR NIÑA SECUESTRADA EN BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR’, Detectives Sin Fronteras, 26 January. Link
  • CB Television (2019) ‘«Un auto me sigue», dijo Lisset a su mamá; 9 años después sigue desaparecida’, 22 October. Link
  • Apaseo, G. (2010) ‘Caso de la niña desaparecida: Un Blindaje que parece Colador’, October 30. Link
  • Apaseo, G. (2010) ‘Encuesta: caso Lisset Soto Salinas ¿La Madre sabe algo más?’, 2 December. Link
  • Contrastes de Comondu (2011) ‘COMUNICADO DEL PADRE DE LISSET’, 13 October. Link
  • Gándara, S. (2019) ‘Tengo miedo, un auto me sigue, le dijo la niña Lisset a su mamá. Se la llevaron en BCS hace nueve años’, Sin Embargo, 21 October. Link.
  • Flores, G. (2019) ‘Rechaza Gobernador invitación a jornada de búsqueda de desaparecidos’, El Independiente Diario, 4 April. Link
  • Vargas, H. (2010) ‘Lisset… ¿dónde estás?’, Colectivo Pericú, 14 November. Link
  • Vargas, H. (2010) ‘Hablan los padres de la niña Lisset’, Colectivo Pericú, 18 October. Link
  • HERALDO DE MÉXICO (2019) ‘”Tengo miedo, un auto me sigue” Esa fue la última llamada que una niña de 8 años hizo antes de desaparecer’, 22 October. Link
  • HERALDO DE MÉXICO (2020) ‘Personas desaparecidas en México: ¡Te buscamos Lisset Soto Salinas!’, 18 July. Link
  • Ulloa, P. (2014) ‘Ausencias que lastiman: la robaron al salir de la escuela hace 4 años’, Excelsior, 11 December. Link
  • Lizardi, J. (2011) ‘CUMPLIÓ 1 AÑO DESAPARECIDA LA NIÑA LISSET SOTO SALINAS’, Radar Político, 15 October. Link.

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