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UPDATE: Missing Kennewick Girl Found In Mexico

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Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Police in Kennewick, Wash., say a missing 14-year-old girl has talked with her mother and says she is in Mexico and is OK.

KNDO says police confirmed Tuesday that the mother of Elizabeth Romero spoke with her daughter by phone and the girl said she is in Jalisco, Mexico.

Police say there is still a warrant out for the arrest of 19-year-old Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales for investigation of second-degree kidnapping. Officers are also looking for a second person suspected of aiding Rosales.

Investigators say Romero has family in Jalisco and her mother is working to get her daughter connected with those relatives.

Police say the girl and Rosales met through Facebook. The girl was last seen Wednesday getting into his car.

She was the object of an Amber alert last week.

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KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Kennewick police believe a missing 14-year-old girl or the 19-year-old man suspected of abducting her have tried to contact friends since an Amber alert was issued last week.
    
Sgt. Ken Lattin told the Tri-City Herald someone in the Tri-Cities knows something and police just want to make sure the girl is safe. The victim is identified as Elizabeth Romero.
    
Police say the two met through Facebook. The girl was last seen Wednesday getting into his car. Both have family in Mexico, and Lattin says it's possible they have crossed the border.

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Police are following up on dozens of tips, most coming out of California in the case of a missing Kennewick teenager.

14-year-old Elizabeth Romero has been missing for two days now. She was last seen in Kennewick on Wednesday and a west coast search is underway for her and the 19-year-old man who is now accused of kidnapping her, Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales. Oregon has deactivated the AMBER Alert there because they do not believe they are in that state.

"Well he is a man. He is an adult. She's a young juvenile female so that already gives us reason for concern. When we start talking to people, family and friends, we're unclear how long she's had any sort of relationship with him," said Sgt. Ken Lattin with the Kennewick Police Department.

Officers believe the two met on Facebook. Romero's last post was on Wednesday, saying 'Buenos Dias.' 

We now know Flores Rosales is from Hood River, Oregon. His family claims he left on Thanksgiving, telling them he was moving to Kennewick for a job.

"About three days prior to, so earlier this week, the abduction, he rents a room within a block of her house, pays for a month, stays there three days, packs her up and they're gone," said Lattin.

Surveillance video from outside Phoenix High School is the last time the two were known to be in the Tri-Cities. Police say Romero's family received a phone call from Flores Rosales on Thursday. That phone call originated in California.

"This sounds like the common MO for an adult male who's grooming a young female to take and abduct. So, yes, we think that she willingly got in the car but we think she's been coerced, she's been convinced that they're in love or something like that and off they go," said Lattin.

Viewers commenting on the stories we've posted on Facebook tend to think Romero is with the man willingly. But police are convinced she is in danger. 

We learned on Friday that the suspect's vehicle belongs to his brother.

"The vehicle in the video has no license plates. The brother says, I put license plates on it. I recently bought that, I put license plates on it. so, suspect is trying to conceal his identity. That doesn't sound like boyfriend, girlfriend in love and are just going to go to Mexico. This looks like somebody who's trying to cover their tracks," said Lattin.

Lattin also tells NBC Right Now that the girl's mother actually met the suspect and warned her daughter about getting involved with him. 

The FBI has taken the lead on this investigation because it is an adult male who has taken a juvenile across state lines. 

Flores Rosales also has a warrant out for his arrest for Kidnapping.
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