Case 173

Rocio Wanninkhof & Sonia Carabantes

When 19-year-old Rocio Wanninkhof failed to return home after a night out with friends, her mother Alicia was immediately worried. The family lived in the small town of La Cala de Mijas, Spain – where teenagers felt safe going out alone. Alicia’s concern quickly turned to distress when she discovered Rocio’s shoes lying abandoned in a clearing near their home, alongside a pool of blood.

It wasn’t long until investigators had a suspect in their sights: Alicia’s ex-partner, Dolores Vazquez. But the disappearance of another teenager from the same region of Spain would turn this case upside down.



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El Mundo newspaper coverage from August 31 2000 – April 22 2019

El País newspaper coverage from October 17 1999 – September 22 2015



Case coverage by criminal investigator Juan Ignacio Blanco

Memories of the South: Rocio Wanninkhof 

The White Puzzle case coverage



Dolores Vazquez sentence – public document 

Tony King sentence – public document



Wikipedia – Murder of Rocio Wanninkhof

Platform for the Defense of Dolores Vazquez





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