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News Release

Monday, December 3, 2018

Media Relations

Critical Missing 17-Year-Old Female NR18306dm


On December 7, 2018, around 5 p.m., Katherine Michelle Lopez returned home safely and was reunited with her family.

Van Nuys:
The family of Katherine Michelle Lopez and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Katherine was last seen on December 2, 2018, leaving a friend's residence in the 6900 block of Columbus Avenue. She took her friend's car without permission. After returning to the residence later that day, Katherine and her friend engaged in a verbal argument over the use of the car resulting in Katherine leaving on foot. Katherine then contacted her friend by video chat and was seen holding a gun, threatening to harm herself. Katherine is a habitual runaway and is possibly suicidal. Her family is concerned for her safety.

Katherine is described as a 17-year-old female Hispanic with shoulder length hair dyed red and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. Katherine was last seen wearing glasses, a yellow Cambodian necklace with a green gem, a bright orange jacket, pink leggings, and white "Fila" shoes. She was carrying a beige Michael Kors purse and had a 2-month-old Dalmatian puppy named "Kiba" with her. Katherine has a tattoo of a large lotus flower on the front of her neck, "Cosset" on the left side of her face, Chinese characters on the back of her neck, and numbers on her knuckles.

Katherine Michelle Lopez

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Katherine Michelle Lopez, please contact Mission Area Juvenile Detectives, at (818) 838-9810 or (818) 838-9800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 1(877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.