Missing Kennewick 14-year-old Girl Found In Mexico, Officials Say She is “Safe”
Kennewick police say Elizabeth Ramero has been seen by relatives in Jalisco, Mexico.
According to information released Monday morning by Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick police department:
"Romero is still listed as a runaway with our agency because that is how her mother originally reported her missing when she did not come home from school. It was of course nearly 24 hours later when information developed that she had left the state with a 19 year of age man. Due to her age of 14 and his age of 19, she cannot legally give consent to runaway with a 19 year old man. That by legal definition is abduction and hence why we have a Kidnapping 2nd Degree Warrant for the suspect Rosales. If Romero had been 16 years of age she could have then legally given consent to leave with the 19 year old.
Due to the fact that she is no longer in danger and she is only listed as a runaway, no Federal of Private organization will assist in returning Romero from Mexico."
No other details were released by officials, but it sounds as if perhaps the girl had gone with Rosales willingly, but due to her age, it's a violation of the law. It also appears aside from still seeking the suspect on the kidnapping charge, authorities are not going to try to bring her back from Mexico. 19-year-old Edward Flores Rosales (pictured) is still being sought on the kidnapping charge.