Updated: Dec 28, 2022
Lina Sardar Khil, 3 years old at the time, disappeared from a playground near their home at the Villa Del Cabo apartment complex on the 9400 block of Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, Texas. Lina's mother reported that she walked away briefly and returned to discover Lina missing. At the time, Lina was wearing a red dress, black jacket and black shoes with her brown hair in a pony tail.
Lina's family fled Afghanistan in 2019. Lina's family is part of an Afghan refugee community in San Antonio.
The Islamic Center of San Antonio (ICSA) has come forward to speak for Lina's family asking for assistance.
Lina is about 4-feet tall, and weighs 55 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Since Lina's disappearance the Federal Bureau of Investigations became involved. Their Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team joined the search on a lead, searching a creek near the 5700 block of Babcock Road.
There were negative results.
If you have any information on Lina's whereabouts or disappearance, please do the right thing and contact the missing persons unit at 210-207-7660.
The Eagles Flight Advocacy and Outreach nonprofit organization has also joined the search for Lina.
There was a tip on Lina's disappearance in Fredericksburg, also with negative results.
The dress Lina was wearing at the time of her disappearance is a red dress with green and gold threads on the front and at the bottom of the sleeves. She was also wearing gold dangling earrings, bangle bracelets and a necklace called a 'Tawiz' that contains verses from the Quran.
Fox News has reported that the parents are being harassed, alleging the cause is because they're 'Afgani and because they're Muslim.' Both of Lina's parents are not expecting another child.
There is a reward for finding Lina that has caught up to $250,000 for information leading to Lina. Crimestoppers of San Antonio is offering $50,000 for information resulting in the arrest or indictment of a suspect accused of involvement in Lina's disappearance.
Lina would be 4 February 20, 2022. The Amber Alert has since been cancelled, yet she is still missing.
The Amber Alert was cancelled on January 7, 2022, though she is still actively on the website for missing children at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. We will continue keeping her case open to the public until she has been confirmed to be located.
1 year update:
The week of the one year anniversary into Lina's disappearance, Investigators released a video of Lina's last moments at the playground where she was last seen, at the 9400 block of Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio Texas. Lina is still missing.
For some reason, her mom left the Lina at the playground for a short time, and when she returned, Lina was gone. She was three at the time. Immediately after she was reported missing, there were hundreds of San Antonio Police, detectives and FBI agents on the ground searching for her, and hitting every door in the area. The video is from the neighboring apartment complex that overlooked the playground, and shows Lina with her mother and younger brother, before she walks alone off the screen, and is never seen again.
The reward for information has now gone up to $200,000. Investigators have received hundreds of leads, all unsuccessful. If you have information, again, please contact the San Antonio Police Department Missing Person’s Unit at (210) 207-7660, or Crime Stoppers at (210)-224-7867.