Police in Washington are investigating a possible lead in a kidnapping case from 18 years ago following a viral TikTok video.
Sofia Juarez went missing in 2003 after she was kidnapped outside of her home just one day before her fifth birthday.
In the viral TikTok video, filmed in Culiacan Sinaloa in northwest Mexico in March, a woman says in Spanish that she’s 22-years-old and claims she may have been kidnapped. The one-minute clip sees the woman call out to her family and says they should find her if they’re watching, because she doesn’t know where she is from, according to NBC News.
“We are aware of the TikTok video,” the Kennewick police said in a statement. “Investigation is being conducted into that. Thank you to those who sent information on that video to us. It is appreciated.”
According to the report, the TikTok user who interviewed the woman and posted the video has cooperated with police to provide information.
On May 5, Kennewick police said they had a new lead regarding a “highly credible witness” who saw a girl matching Juarez’ description, crying, and being led into a light blue, silver, or grey van from the 70s or 80s by another person, on the day of the crime.
“Police have a detailed description of that person, but are withholding it at this time for investigative purposes,” read the statement from May 5.
Aaron Clem, a spokesperson for the Kennewick police told NBC that their “ultimate goal” was to have the woman identified and to have her provide a voluntary DNA sample. “There is enough there that we need to do our due diligence,” he said.
The police department has launched a website to generate interest in Sofia’s case and has since garnered about 100 tips. The page includes an artistic impression of what Juarez would look like today.
According to CNN, Juarez’ mother died in 2009 but police have remained in contact with other members of her family.
The videos, posted by 31-year-old Sarah Turney, included childhood videos and clips of her stepfather, Michael Turney, which reveal her father’s fraught relationship with her half-sister, Alissa. Michael Turney was later charged with second-degree homicide.