A 14-year-old girl is believed to be in danger — and possibly en route to Mexico — after she was seen getting unwillingly into the car of a 19-year-old man in Washington state on Wednesday.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Elizabeth Romero on Thursday, saying it was possible she had been abducted by her ex-boyfriend, who might have been headed to Mexico.
The California Highway Patrol distributed the alert statewide for Romero and Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales, who had last been seen about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in Kennewick, Wash., which is in the southeastern part of the state.
“We have strong evidence today that she is endangered,” said Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department in an email.
The two had a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship for about a week, but had just recently broken up, Lattin said.
Video shows Romero getting into Rosales’ car unwillingly, Lattin said. She had left school during lunch and was seen getting into his SUV, a police news release stated.
Romero’s mother received text messages Thursday from an unknown phone number from a person identifying herself as Elizabeth, essentially stating that she was headed to Mexico with her boyfriend, police stated.
The mother asked the unknown text caller to send a current photo of Elizabeth, but that request was ignored, according to police.
Rosales was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 225 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was driving a mid -2000’s Ford Escape SUV, forest green in color with a temporary license tag in the window.
The victim was described as 5 feet 3 inches tall,130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
The U.S. Border Patrol has been alerted at the Mexican Border.
Anyone with information was asked to call 800-222-8477 or visit tricitiescimestoppers.org.
KTLA’s Nidia Becerra Tijerino contributed to this report.
Correction: A previous version of this article erroneously reported the victim’s name as Ramero. The correct spelling is Romero. This story has been updated to reflect the change.