Antonia Dolores Araiza
Araiza, approximately 1983
Date reported missing : 11/01/1983
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 12/19/1940 (80)
Age at the time of disappearance: 42 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 125 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic female. Black hair, black eyes. Araiza's nicknames are Tootsie and Tonie. She may use the first names Marty, Matilda and/or Millie and the last names Contreras, Madrigal, Munoz and Wong Gomez. Her middle name may be spelled "Delores." Araiza has a scar across her left cheek and a long scar on her left forearm. Her eyes are almond-shaped.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Araiza's family last saw her in Ajo, Arizona in 1974. She remained in regular touch with her family members by phone. The last time they spoke to her was in November 1983. She told them she was in Watsonville, California at the time, and she refused to come home even though her mother was dying. Araiza never got in touch with her relatives again, but she had contact with police in Stockton, California on July 4, 1985. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
Few details are available in her case. Watsonville and Stockton police are both handling the investigation.
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Watsonville Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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Stockton Police Department
October 12, 2004. October 10, 2015; Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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