By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock Police say a local girl is no longer called an endangered runaway. Instead police now believe that Elizabeth Ennen, 15, was kidnapped more than two weeks ago.
Friday night police arrested Humberto Salinas, 45, on a charge of aggravated kidnapping. He had been brought in on unrelated traffic charges, and he was arrested at the police station for the kidnapping.
Police say during their investigation it became apparent the Elizabeth was not a runaway and she had been taken against her will on January 5th by Salinas. "We feel sure that he is involved in her disappearance, and right now we're hoping for the best and that somebody can help us find her," said Greg Stevens, Lubbock Police Department.
Elizabeth's aunt says she was babysitting Salinas' children at the Carriage House Motel but she never made it home. She went missing without her purse, cell phone and medication she needed.
While Salinas is behind bars, Elizabeth is still missing. "Our detectives are conducting a kidnapping investigation, not a homicide. We need the public's help in locating Elizabeth," said Stevens. "Our paramount concern right now is finding her, so if anybody has seen her or knows anything about this case please call us."
Around 10p.m. Saturday, Elizabeth's aunt Mary Gomez released this statement:
"First, Elizabeth's mother and family want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for Beth. Second, we are relieved that the Lubbock Police Department has made progress in Beth's case. We are sadden at the direction that Beth's case has taken but are still hopeful that she will come home."
She continues to write, "Beth's mom, brothers and extended family still hope that everyone will continue to pray for Beth and keep her in their thoughts. The family will continue to look for Beth and we ask that the community continue as well. Please contact the Lubbock Police Department with any and all information as the smallest tip could be the key to get Beth home."
"Beth, if you see this…we love you and we want you home. Please call us."
Elizabeth is described as a White female, 5'3", 135 pounds with sandy brown hair, and brown eyes. According to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, she might go by the nickname Beth or Lizzie.
If you can help find Elizabeth please call Crimeline at 806-741-1000, or 9-1-1.
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