Authorities Seeking Public’s Help in Search for Missing Teen

August 08, 2017Aug 08, 2017

Tays Mendoza, 16-year-old from San Mateo, California, has been missing since July 18th of 2017. Mendoza also goes by the nickname “Tuti.”

After being gone for three weeks, her family is extremely worried. Authorities are seeking the public’s help in search for the missing teen.

Her brother reached out to California news station KRON4, revealing he has a “strong sense” that his sister could be involved in prostitution. The local news source also mentioned that their family has filed multiple police reports in hopes of finding more information and bringing her back home safely.

According to, Mendoza is a young, hispanic woman with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5’3” and weighs 180 pounds.

In relation to Mendoza’s brother’s theory, the website also states that she is believed to be with an adult man and woman. The three could possibly be in other California areas including Oakland, Richmond, or San Francisco.

Although this case originated near the Bay Area in California, the teen could be in many other locations after not being seen for nearly a month. Please share this important information for awareness and join us in prayer for Tays Mendoza’s safe return.

If you have any information regarding Mendoza, please call the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office at 1-650-363-4911. Report any sightings to 911 immediately.

This terrifying situation comes shortly after the nationwide Amber Alert for 16-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, who was abducted by her married, 51-year-old teacher Tad Cummins. Thankfully, both were eventually found safe after more than a month of being on the run. Cummins has been in custody since, but new information regarding his case recently came forward at the end of July.

Next: New Trial Date Set for Tad Cummins in Elizabeth Thomas CaseJul 19, 2017