Hailu, approximately 2001
Date reported missing : 07/02/2001
Missing location (approx) :
Mission Viejo, California
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 01/01/1969 (52)
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gold necklace.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Hailu is an Ethiopian native. She has a mole on her right temple. Her ears are pierced. Her exact birthdate is unknown, but the year of her birth is correct.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hailu was last seen at in Mission Viejo, California on July 2, 2001. She was employed as a nanny by a family in the United Arab Emirates, and they brought her to the United States to look after their children while they were visiting Mission Viejo.
On the day of Hailu's disappearance, her employers went out for the evening. When they came back shortly after midnight, they discovered she was gone and the children were in the house alone. She has never been heard from again.
Hailu's purse and some money from the residence disappeared with her. Her employers stated she wanted to remain in the U.S. and possibly left of her own accord to avoid having to return to the U.A.E. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Orange County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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