It was a nightmare scenario for the little girl’s parents. Destiny Norton, five, went missing on July 16, 2006. She wandered out into the backyard of her home in Salt Lake City. Then around five minutes later, when her dad came looking for her, she had vanished. The garden was, furthermore, fenced in on all sides, making Destiny’s disappearance all the more puzzling.
Destiny had green streaks running through her blonde hair and a playful smile often painted across her face. Her parents look back fondly on memories of her dancing for their wedding photographs. And Jesse Garcia II, 22, a family acquaintance, told The New York Times, “She was a loving little girl. Always talking to everybody. She always wanted to be your friend.”