RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - A missing persons case near and dear to the hearts of Riviera Beach police is that of Kathryne Mary Lugo. The four-year-old went missing from her mother's Riviera Beach apartment in 1994.
Although it has been 19 years, the case is long from going cold. The FBI breathed new life into the investigation in March, announcing a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Mishbah Kazi, the boyfriend of Lugo's mother, was arrested and tried for kidnapping but he was acquitted. Lugo's mother, Francis Moya, has repeatedly pleaded for help hoping for closure.
The investigation can be tough on a police department, but the good news out of Ohio offers a new outlook.
"When I heard about it, it reinforces the fact that time doesn't erase hope. There's always hope that you will be able to reunite missing people with their families, and that's our goal," said Rose Anne Brown, spokesperson for the Riviera Beach Police Dept.
Brown said this is a reminder for people to be vigilante and report anything that looks unusual, you could be the one to help crack a case.