50 people in 50 days: Police say girl possibly taken to Mexico
February 17th, 2011
05:18 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Police say girl possibly taken to Mexico

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 24th case, and it will be shown at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on HLN.

Authorities say they believe Chioma Gray, who disappeared from her California high school in December 2007, may have been taken to Mexico by a man who was previously convicted for having an illegal relationship with the teenager.

Chioma, then 14, was dropped off by relatives at her high school in Ventura on the morning of December 13, 2007, but she was nowhere to be found when her mother tried to pick her up in the afternoon.

Authorities named Andrew Joshua Tafoya, then 20, as a suspect. The FBI said Tafoya was released from a work furlough program the day before Chioma's disappearance - a sentence he served after being convicted of having a relationship with the underage girl.

Investigators believe Tafoya stole a car from a California dealership, and they say that car was tracked crossing a border into Mexico on the day Chioma disappeared, according to the FBI. Earlier that day, a surveillance video camera recorded the car going onto the property of Chioma's school, CNN affiliate KABC reported.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Sheila Turrell

    Missing 26 yr. old mother of 3 – Tiffany Brown, Bellefontaine, Ohio found dead last night in basement of her mother's home, Deb Neeley while officers were there and identified blood on clothing. Body found in basement whee boyfriend of 16 yrs., Sammy Littleton, has been living. Sammy Littleton is missing and beeing sought by local police as "person of interest"

    February 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Wow ...thier power of deduction is staggering :they saw him at her school then they saw that car cross into Mexico and they THINK he took her after the history hes got with her ? And I hadnt heard about the case in the above post but I hope they catch him too. Abductions of both children AND women has become epidemic.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    ...while the abduction of the minds of men goes unreported. Go figure.

    February 18, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Butterfly14

    WoW ThIs Is So FrEaKiNg CrAzY!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. TRIp

    I am going to go another way with this. After listening to everything about Chioma and Josh and even stuff the families PI found in mexico. I do beleive he was her boyfreind, I do beleive she went willingly. I think after three years she is remaining with him because she wants to. NO it wasnt right for them to run away like that and they may regret the way they did it because he is now and will always be wanted. But thinking back to that age you would do anything to be with your boyfreind. And if mom thinks all this to do will bring her daughter home, I think she is wrong. When they have josh arrested and put in jail, chioma will want nothing to do with her family. Especially since she is supposedly pregnant or just had a baby. That is her childs father.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    i gotta agree with ya trip i think she is exactly where she wants to be and i dont believe she was forced.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |