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News Release

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Mission Area Detectives were looking for Joanna Vanessa Rodriguez and her daughter, Sophia Hernandez. Rodriguez, who was with her daughter, voluntarily came in to Mission Station. Both are safe and are cooperating with police at this time.


Sophia and Johana were last seen on October 29, 2015 around 4:45 a.m.

Mission Hills:
The family and friends of Sophia Hernandez and her mother Joanna Vanessa Rodriguez and the Los Angeles Police Department, Mission Area Detectives, are seeking the publics' assistance in locating Sophia and Joana.

During a verbal argument with a previous boyfriend, Joanna became very upset, made threats to possibly harm herself and her daughter. Both Sophia and Joanna were last seen the area of Langdon Avenue and Parthenia Street, in Panorama City. Joana Rodriguez was driving a 1991 Gray Toyota Camry 4-door. This vehicle has been located near their residence. At this time, it is not known if she has access to any other vehicles.

Joanna Vanessa Rodriguez is described as a 29-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. Joanna stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 260 pounds. Sophia Hernandez is described as a 7-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair. She stands 4 feet tall, and weighs approximately 55 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sophia Hernandez and Joanna Vanessa Rodriguez is urged to contact LAPD Mission Division at 818-838-9800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.