Ayala laura

Thirteen-year-old Laura was last seen leaving her home in Houston, Texas on March 10, 2002 to go to the Conoco Gas Station to purchase a newspaper for her spring break school project.

After several minutes had passed, Laura's mother went to the gas station where she was told that Laura purchased the newspaper and left alone. Her sandals and newspaper were later discovered in a parking lot.

In February of 2003, drops of blood located in a SUV belonging to the father of a man arrested with two others for six murders were determined to match Laura's DNA. The suspects were very uncooperative when questioned about her case.

Foul play is suspected in Laura's case and investigators believe that she was abducted by an unknown person.

Laura was last seen wearing a blue & white checkered dress at the time of her disappearance. She wore braces and has pierced ears. She speaks fluent Spanish and English. She has a scar on her right upper arm. She is described as having a shy, reserved nature and very organized. She enjoys journal-keeping and records her activities. Her favorite color is maroon and her favorite number is one.

If you have any information about Laura's case, please contact the Houston Police Department, Houston CrimeStoppers or the Texas Department of Public Safety.