Karina Solorio can’t explain it.
On Jan. 16, her 15-year-old daughter Katherine was at her house in San Fernando, and then all of a sudden she left.
“It seemed strange to me that she just left. I started looking for her. I have an aunt who lives on the same block and I called her to see if she was there, but they told me she wasn’t,” she recalled.
As the day progressed, there was no sign of Katherine. Solorio got scared and eventually reported her missing daughter to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Katherine Lizzette Solorio hasn’t been seen since.
“She was not one to just leave the house like that,” said Solorio, who has talked to her friends at school and posted flyers throughout the community, but is still drawing blanks on her whereabouts.
“She left the house, I don’t know with whom. She didn’t have a boyfriend — or at least, I didn’t know she had a boyfriend, and neither did her friends,” the worried mother told the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol.
The family became more puzzled after one of Katherine’s friends told them about two weeks after her disappearance that “an older girl helped her get a taxi to go to Los Angeles and get a flight to Las Vegas.”
But neither Solorio, nor the police, have confirmed that.
“I don’t know if she left California or is still in the area. We don’t know if she took a flight or not,” Solorio said.
She related that days before the disappearance her daughter had been acting “strange, rebellious,” but attributed that to her age.
Still, nothing has led Solorio to believe her daughter would just leave like that.
Katherine didn’t have a cell phone, but did take some clothes with her, the mother said.
“I can’t imagine with whom she would have left,” she added.
She’s worried her daughter may have fallen prey to someone.
“She did have access to the Internet at home, but I checked the history and there’s nothing there,” she said. “Maybe she was manipulated to leave the house, but I don’t know.”
According to the LAPD, “Katherine has been seen in the city of Pacoima,” but nothing else is known about her whereabouts.
Katherine is described as 5-feet 7-inches tall, around 170-180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
When asked how she and her family were holding up, Solorio’s voice was quiet.
“It’s been very difficult,” she said. “I just want her to come home. Or at least let us know she’s all right.”
Anyone who has seen the teen or has information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call the watch commander of the LAPD’s Foothill Station at (818) 756-8891. After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.