Missing 12-Year-Old Mireya Zapata has Gone Missing Before

Public assistance is sought in tracking down Mireya Zapata, 12, who hasn't been seen since yesterday and sent her mother several disturbing text messages.

But while police initially reported that Zapata does not have a history of running away, she certainly does have a history of going missing and sparking police investigations and media entreaties to the public.

Two years ago, Zapata, then 10, returned to her family apartment in tears after more than 24 hours of being unaccounted for. At the time, her father told the media Mireya would only say she was with a friend in Daly City and no more. He also expressed gratitude to the media for publicizing his daughter's plight: “I think it helped,” he said. “She may

have seen the news that we were looking for her and decided to come

home.”

Perhaps it will do the same now.

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