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May 14, 2019 (San Diego) -- The FBI needs public help in the search for missing 5-year-old Aranza Lopez, who was removed from a mall in Vancouver, Washington in October 2018 and is believed to be located in Mexico.  California residents may have information that could be key to her safe recovery, as an individual she may be residing or traveling with has close ties to the San Diego area.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the recovery of Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez, and the location, arrest, and conviction of Esmeralda Lynn Lopez Lopez.


The FBI's Seattle Field Office is assisting the Vancouver Police Department in Washington with their search for Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez.  On October 25, 2018, Aranza was allegedly removed from a mall in Vancouver, Washington, by her biological mother, Esmeralda Lynn Lopez Lopez, during a supervised visit. As a result of removing Aranza from the mall, Esmeralda was charged with custodial interference in the first degree in Clark County, Washington. 


Prior to the incident, Esmeralda allegedly kidnapped and robbed a man in Vancouver, Washington, and took his vehicle.  It is believed that Aranza and Esmeralda may be residing or traveling in Mexico with Esmeralda's boyfriend, Gabriel Garcia Santos.  


If you have any information concerning the location of these three individuals, please call the FBI's Seattle Field Office at (206) 622-0460. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at tips.fbi.gov. You may also contact your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.


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