Amber Alert Issued for 14 Year Old Elizabeth Romero Missing Since 12/4/13 in Kennewick, WA … Arrest Warrent Issued for 19 Year Old Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosalas (Update: Amber Alert Canceled, Elizabeth Romero Found in Mexico)
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 14 year old Elizabeth Romero, who has been missing since Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Kennewick, Washington. She is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-3 and weighs 130 pounds. Elizabeth Romero was last seen getting into her 19 year old boyfriend’s green Ford Escape around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday at Phoenix High School in Kennewick. Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales is wanted for kidnapping and a warrant is expected to be issued for his arrest. Authorities believe that Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales might be trying to take Elizabeth Romero to Mexico.
Elizabeth was reported missing by her mother around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Lattin said. A nationwide alert was issued around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
A video released Thursday night shows Elizabeth walking across a parking lot at the high school and getting into a green sports utility vehicle. She is wearing a white top and dark pants, and is carrying a backpack and pink purse. She is 5-foot-3 and weighs 130 pounds.
Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosalas is 5-foot-9 and weighs about 200 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a green Ford Escape with no license plates.
UPDATE I: Information and text messages police received lead them to believe Elizabeth possibly didn’t run away with her boyfriend willingly.
Elizabeth’s mother got text messages Thursday from an unknown phone number that claimed to be Elizabeth. The messages said the couple were headed for Mexico. When the mother asked for a photo of Elizabeth, the conversation ended.
“When she asked to send a current photo and that request was refused, that’s the biggest red flag that tells us she might be in danger,” Lattin said.
Investigators have received other information that points to Elizabeth being in danger, Lattin said. He declined to say what that information is.
Local police have notified the U.S. Border Patrol in case the couple tries to leave the country, Lattin said.
UPDATE II: Amber Alert in California for kidnapped girl.
A 19-year-old man accused of abducting a Kennewick girl moved into a house on the same block as the teen just days before she left town with him, police said Friday.
Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales started an online relationship with Elizabeth Romero while he was living in Hood River, Ore., said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin. After talking with the 14-year-old through Facebook, Rosales told his family he got a job and moved to Kennewick on Thanksgiving Day.
Rosales paid a full month’s rent for a room in a house on the same block as the girl, Lattin said.
Just days later, he had packed up his stuff, left his house key behind and took off with Elizabeth.
If anyone has any information about Elizabeth’s or Rosales’ whereabouts can call 911 or the Kennewick Police Department’s non-emergency line at 509-628-0333.
UPDATE IV: The AMBER ALERT has been canceled for missing 14 year old Elizabeth Romero has been found in Mexico. Her boyfriend, 19 year old Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosalas is still on the loose.
The California Highway Patrol says a missing teenager from Washington has been safely located in Mexico.
The CHP did not give details on how they located 14-year-old Elizabeth Romero, but canceled a statewide Amber Alert that had been active since last Thursday.
Washington police said the teen was abducted in the town of Kennewick, Washington a day earlier.
The CHP issued the alert because they thought she and her abductor may be headed to Mexico.
Her boyfriend, Edwardo Fabian Flores Rosales, is still on the loose, according to police.
UPDATE V: Girl has been found in Mexico, but out of their jurisdiction, now up to Elizabeth Romero’s family to get her back from Mexico.