LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock police confirm the body discovered near Shallowater is that of missing teen Elizabeth Ennen. Authorities discovered her body late Monday in a field in North West Lubbock county.
The Medical Examiner's office has completed Elizabeth's autopsy, but did not release the preliminary findings. They did determine it was Elizabeth by fingerprint comparisons. The tragic confirmation for Elizabeth's family came late Monday afternoon.
Police and the medical examiner have not released any information about how Elizabeth died. KCBD NewsChannel 11 expects that information to be released to the public at a joint press conference Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the medical examiner's office.
We also expect to learn how more about how Elizabeth's body was found, but sources close to the investigation tell KCBD that the suspect, Humberto Salinas, Jr. helped police find Elizabeth's body.
District Attorney Matt Powell says there is no rush to add charges pertaining to Ennen's death because the suspect is already behind bars. Instead, the DA's office will present additional charges to a grand jury.
Elizabeth vanished January 5th after babysitting for the suspect's children at Carriage House Motel. Surveillance video from that night captures Elizabeth who police say appeared to be afraid trying to get away from Salinas. The same video, according to police reports, shows Salinas with his hand around Elizabeth's arm leading her to the parking lot by force.
Another aspect of this investigation that little information has been released about is a search that investigators conducted near the Carriage House Motel. The area is near east 56th Street and Elm Avenue. KCBD NewsChannel 11 is told that this scene is connected to Elizabeth's case, but investigators have not released what, if anything, they discovered there.
Elizabeth's family is trying to cope with the heart breaking news that she is gone. Shortly after receiving the news they posted this comment to Facebook.
"Babygirl, Mommy and Kevin and Nicky love you and we will miss you. LOVE YOU BABY. R.I.P. Elizabeth."
KCBD NewsChannel 11 will be at the press conference with the latest information from authorities on the Ennen investigation.
Salinas, Jr. remains behind bars at the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.
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