Pro 8 Update: Missing 12-year-old girl back home in Laredo
Oct 5, 2009
Oct 6, 2009
After weeks of searching local and federal authorities can rest tonight as the 12-year-old girl they have been searching for has returned home.
It's a parent's worst nightmare. You wake up and your child is gone. Well tonight the Laredo Police Department say Karla Rivas the 12-year-old girl who has been missing for several weeks has returned home.
Officials say Karla Rivas contacted her mother Sandra, saying she was coming home. In a coordinated effort investigators and federal authorities met the girl at the bridge of the Americas this afternoon at around two. After an extensive investigation and interviews with the girl, authorities say through her own admission Karla Rivas went to Mexico voluntarily and was never at risk.
Joe Baeza - Laredo Police Dept. "She was not harmed in any of this and on the surface it appears to be no criminal acts in her leaving to Mexico."
Back on September twenty third, 12-year-old Karla Rivas was reported missing by her mother. A person of interest in the case was identified as Israel Blanquel Sotelo, a Mexican national who rented a room in Karla's home from her mother. Local authorities believed Rivas went with him to Mexico after a camera at bridge one snapped photographs of the two crossing bridge one the day she disappeared. Police say while they have been searching for her north of the border, she has been living with family members in Mexico but decided she was ready to return home.
"The case is still open and ongoing as we are reviewing the case to see if any charges will be filed at a later date."
Police also say a forensics test was performed and Karla did not exhibit any signs of abuse. So she is home safe and sound for now, but as Joe Baeza said the case will remain under investigation.