Search Continues For California Girl Reported Missing In 2016, Days Before Mother Found Dead In Shallow Grave

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Source: FBI; National Center For Missing & Exploited Children

Jan. 2 2023, Updated 11:38 a.m. ET

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Authorities in California are offering a reward of $250,000 for leads connected with the case of a young girl who was last seen in January or February 2016 — months before her mother was found murdered.

“We want to take this opportunity today to assure the public and those who knew Nicole and Arianna [Fitts] that we continue to actively investigate this case,” said James Aherne, the San Francisco Police Department's captain of strategic investigations. “We will continue to investigate as long as it takes to find out what happened.”

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The child, Arianna Fitts, then 2, was reported missing in San Francisco on April 5, 2016. Three days later, on April 8, 2016, the body of her mother, Nicole Fitts, was found in a shallow grave that was covered with plywood, KNTV reported.

Though investigators do not suspect the child was with Nicole Fitts when the 32-year-old mother was killed, the FBI said they do believe “Arianna’s disappearance and Nicole’s murder are connected.”


Arianna has black hair and brown eyes and would be 9-years-old today.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the FBI San Francisco division at (415) 553-7400 or the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.


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