UPDATE: KBI says Amber alert for Texas girl misdirected

By: Associated Press / KAKE News - Email
By: Associated Press / KAKE News - Email
possible suspect Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz

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Lenexa, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says an Amber alert issued this week suggesting a missing Texas teenager could be in the Kansas City area was a mistake caused by miscalculating the location of her cellphone ping.

WIBW reports the alert was sent around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after Texas authorities said a ping of 15-year-old Nomei "Mimi" Velazquez's cellphone indicated she may be in the Lenexa and Overland Park areas.

But KBI special agent Mark Malick says it appears the ping was read wrong, and that there is no evidence the girl's phone was ever in the area.

Velazquez was found safe on Wednesday, according to the Nacogdoches Co. Sheriff's Office. The Texas teen was found in an motel room near the Texas Tech campus.

The suspect in her disappearance, 28 year-old Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz, was arrested at a nearby job site shortly before Velazquez was found.


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Kansas authorities have canceled an Amber Alert for a missing Texas teenager.

Authorities canceled the alert for 15-year-old Nomei "Mimi" Velazquez Wednesday morning because she is no longer believed to be in Kansas. They gave no other details.

Velazquez has been missing from Nacogdoches, Texas, since Monday.

The teenager is 4-feet-11-inches, 120 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, carrying a brown purse and wearing glasses.

Authorities say she might be with Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz, who is 5-foot-11 and 170 lbs. They are possibly in a silver 2004 Volkswagen Passat with Texas plate DF7T507.

Investigators say a cellphone ping indicated they may have been on Interstate 35 in Lenexa Tuesday evening.


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Authorities have issued an Amber Alert in northeast Kansas.

Law enforcement is searching for 15-year-old Nomei Velazquez, who goes by the nickname Mimi. Velazquez is 4'11," 120 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, carrying a brown purse and wearing glasses.

A possible suspect is Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz. He is 5'11 170 lbs with some facial hair. They are possibly in a silver 2004 Volkswagon Passat with Texas plate DF7T507.

The suspect and victim are possibly traveling north along the I-35 corridor in the Kansas City metro area and information indicates that they may be in the area currently.


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