Adelaida R. Vargas
Vargas, approximately 1980
Date reported missing : 01/31/1980
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 03/13/1936 (85)
Age at the time of disappearance: 42 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black blouse, a rust-colored jacket, green slacks, rust-colored wooden shoes and a Cartier watch with a black band.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Vargas has scars behind her ears from plastic surgery. Her nicknames are Lala and Lalin.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Vargas was last seen in Miami, Florida on January 31, 1980. She called her daughter in a state of hysteria and said she had to leave because the family was in danger. She then left her residence and never returned.
The circumstances of Vargas's disappearance are unclear; her case remains unsolved. She was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States when she was about 22 years old.
Other information and links : ncy
Miami-Dade City Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement
October 12, 2004. March 31, 2018; middle initial added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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