By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The disappearance of a Denver City toddler is getting attention across the nation. Tuesday night CNN host Nancy Grace brought the search of missing 3-year-old Mitchell Romero to her show after Denver City Police decided to stop the Amber Alert.
Police canceled the alert to focus more on the investigation around the death of the boy's mother Veronica Romero. Mitchell's disappearance is now being handled as a missing person's case.
"The search has not been dropped for the child. We need to do something different, the Amber Alert is not being effective anymore," said Department of Public Safety Corporal John Gonzalez.
Gonzalez says Amber Alerts are designed for short time periods at a local level. Now that Mitchell has been missing for almost a week, he might not be anywhere in the area the Amber Alert is being issued. "We need to get it out geographically into a larger scale so therefore the Missing Persons Clearinghouse can help us do that, not just locally," said Gonzalez.
After being put on the Missing Persons Clearinghouse, Gonzalez says the search for Mitchell will go nationwide. Mitchell was last seen with his father, Mario Romero who is a person of interest in Veronica's death.
Romero could be headed to Mexico where he has family. They were last seen in a maroon Yukon with license plates 43W-FX6.
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A suspected killer is still on the loose after police say they believe he killed his wife in Denver City. NewsChannel 11's Brittany Pieper has the latest on the case, including an Amber Alert for the couple's child.