By PETE BANDA
Special to the PRESS
The search for two local teens, who had been deemed runaways, has come to an end in similar fashion. Alizza Cruz and Lesly Kimberly Marquez, both 16-years-old, were found safe by law enforcement officials after almost a week of searching.
Cruz, who had reportedly ran away from the Sunny Glenn Children’s Home in San Benito with her two-month-old baby girl on Wednesday, March 25th, was found safe in Pharr with the baby and the baby’s father. “We had reports that she might be in South Padre Island as well as reports that she might be somewhere in the Pharr area,” said San Benito Police Chief Martin Morales, “the report of her being in Pharr ended up panning out, she was there safe.” Cruz and her daughter will be transferred back to Sunny Glenn Children’s home as soon as possible.
Marquez, a student at Los Fresnos High school, was found on Friday, March,27th and had been missing since attending the Ultimate Music Experience concert at Schiltterbahn waterpark on South Padre Island. Although she was last seen on Sunday at the concert, her family was able to reach her on her cell phone the Monday after the concert but only for a few moments according to Los Fresnos City Manager Mark Milam. Like Cruz, reports on the location of Marquez ranged from South Padre Island to the upper Valley, eventually leading officers to Rio Grande City where Marquez was found safe with her boyfriend. “She had just runaway so there was no fear of her being injured and she was found safe,” added Milam.
With the search for both girls lasting less than a week, the SBPD and the LFPD were more than thankful to the public for their help. “We had quit a few people calling in to give us reports on where she was,” said Milam, “in the end one of the reports was correct and that’s how we found her.” Neither Cruz nor Marquez was believed to be in any danger as both were being treated as runaway/welfare concern cases.
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