Select It Sunday: Laura Ayala

Selected by Annie Keller: Laura Ayala, a thirteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2002. She was very short — only four feet tall — and had light brown highlights in her black hair.

Laura’s fate is pretty much known and her fate is one of those tabloid-esque “every parent’s worse nightmare” ones: she was snatched off the street, literally lifted right out of her shoes, while buying a newspaper less than a hundred feet from her home. Three males — two grown men and a juvenile — are the prime suspects in her disappearance. They went on a violent crime spree and are believed to be responsible for the deaths of three people besides Laura. Her blood was found in a car linked to the suspects, as was semen. Although no charges have been filed in Laura’s disappearance, the details spell out a horrible story.

I need to update her casefile; it says the suspects are awaiting trial for the three murders. I bet probably, even with the glacial pace of murder cases in this country, at least one or two of them have had their criminal cases concluded since then. I haven’t updated Laura’s case even once since the Charley Project was created in 2004.

Laura would be 25 today.


3 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Laura Ayala

  1. Sue July 20, 2014 / 3:46 am

    I remember when Laura went missing, and often wondered why she was allowed to go out alone at night in such a dangerous area of Houston. We never drove that street without carrying.

  2. perl July 21, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    I lived in Houston at the time she went missing, as well. I didn’t know that there were suspects and so much evidence behind her disappearance. Thanks for the update and for selecting Laura.

  3. Slamdunk July 25, 2014 / 12:29 am

    Very sad case. I can’t imagine the family’s pain.

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