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Police Search For Girl, 14, Allegedly Kidnapped By Obsessed Man

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NBC News: Texas police are getting help from the FBI and other agencies to follow leads and try to a find 14-year-old kidnapping victim and her "obsessed" alleged kidnapper.

Investigators believe Ruby Zavala is in serious danger after police say 23-year-old Jesus Ramirez abducted Ruby, her mother, and her sister from a Mount Pleasant, Texas, church at knife point.

Officers believe Ramirez used the mother's truck to take the three women from Saint Michael's Catholic Church at 1403 E. First St. in Mount Pleasant around 1 p.m. Sunday.

Ramirez later let the mother and Ruby's sister go, but continued on with Ruby Zavala.

Early Monday morning, NBC 5 gathered exclusive video of police recovering the truck Ramirez was believed to have been driving from a wooded mining area. The truck was found wrecked and abandoned. Police are now towing the truck to search for evidence and using search dogs to track the pair.

Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell says police do not believe the teen is willingly with the 23-year-old Ramirez, though they have reportedly dated in the past without her parents' knowledge.

Isbell says Ramirez is apparently obsessed with the teen and has a criminal record involving children.

"The suspect has already previously been charged with sexual assault of a child before," Isbell says. "We have reason to believe he may be mentally unstable and suicidal."

Ramirez pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, in 2007. He was given deferred adjudication and spent five years on probation.

The missing girl is 14-year-old Ruby Zavala. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white top, blue jeans and tan shoes.

The suspect is 23-years-old Jesus Ramirez. He is 5 foot, 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap.

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