Tyler police seek missing 11-year-old, adult boyfriend
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- Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 22:15:04 GMT
Is Texas the new Florida???
Tylerhttp://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/1172882.html police seek missing
11-year-old, adult boyfriend
The Associated Press
TYLER, Texas -- Police have issued an Amber Alert for an 11-year-old girl
who's gone missing with what her mother calls a 23-year-old boyfriend, but
the Texas Department of Public Safety declined to sanction the alert because
the child left willingly.
The girl was last seen Saturday, and police have an arrest warrant for
convicted felon Enrique Vasquez on a kidnapping charge and probation
Police said the girl had been sneaking out at night to see Vasquez, who was
convicted of burglary in 2006. A note found in her backpack said she was
going to Mexico and would rather be dead than living at home.
DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said the case did not meet the agency's statewide
Amber Alert criteria because a person must be unwillingly taken or abducted.
"It's one of those things where we have to be very stringent because we
don't want to wear out the welcome through the public or news media," she
Although the alert was picked up by news outlets and Web sites statewide, it
was not carried on any billboards or electronic signs operated by the state.
Tyler police, who issued their alert through a nonprofit contracted by the
governor's office to assist with Amber Alert logistics, disagreed with the
state agency's characterization.
"Our thinking is this is an 11-year-old girl and he's a convicted felon,"
said Tyler police spokesman Don Martin. "Yes, we think she's in danger. I
wish I could say it was a full-fledged Amber Alert through the state, but we
can't get it."
Customs and Border Patrol agents are looking out for the couple, Martin
The fifth-grader's mother told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that she was
surprised to learn her daughter's boyfriend was an adult rather than a
"Return her," she pleaded in the paper's online edition Thursday. "She is
just a child."
The car police said Vasquez was driving when the Amber Alert was issued was
involved in a hit and run accident in Irving on Wednesday. The Dallas suburb
is about 108 miles west of Tyler.
The driver, whose description matched that of Vasquez, fled on foot and has
not been found. No one else was in the car. Tyler police said another car
was reported stolen a short time later near the accident site.
Authorities said a receipt from a fast-food restaurant left in the car led
police to believe Vasquez was in Houston before heading up to North Texas
earlier in the week.
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