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Amber Alert Continues for Kennewick Girl, Police Warn of Online Predators

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Although Kennewick Police believe Elizabeth Romero willingly got into Edwardo Flores Rosales's car last Wednesday when she was last seen,  they believe she was the subject of an online predator. Although Kennewick Police believe Elizabeth Romero willingly got into Edwardo Flores Rosales's car last Wednesday when she was last seen, they believe she was the subject of an online predator.

KENNEWICK, WA - An AMBER Alert remains active Monday for a 14 year-old Kennewick girl.

She was last seen getting into the suspect's car last Wednesday and investigators believe she could be heading down to Mexico.

Police said Elizabeth Romero met Edwardo Flores Rosales online.

He moved to Kennewick right before Romero went missing and investigators believe she was groomed into leaving with him.

Although Kennewick Police believe Elizabeth Romero willingly got into Edwardo Flores Rosales's car last Wednesday when she was last seen,  they believe she was the subject of an online predator.

A scenario seen too often with kids and teens.

"They may have found a new friend online that compliments them, is nice to them, they may not be feeling that at home right now and all of the sudden somebody thinks they're beautiful and nice and kind and smart this person this predator is now filling that need," said Sergeant. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.

Tristan Penn, Boys and Girls Club Branch Director said kids going into their teenage years are most susceptible to online predators

"They're very vulnerable at that time and developmentally they really are still trying to figure themselves out and who they are as a person...these predators are very aware of this vulnerability," said Penn.

Penn teaches kids and teens safe and responsible online use and emphasizes the importance of not sharing any personal information because even the slightest of details could lead a predator to the child's home.

He explained parents need to be very aware of children's online use.

"Know exactly what's on their cell phones. What social media outlets they have. So I think being aware and educating yourself as a parent is the biggest tool a parent can have," continued Penn.

"Make the rule at home on the computer you want to have an online account great but I have access to it as well," said Sergeant. Lattin.

The Boys and Girls Club recommends Net Smartz Kidz, an online resource for kids, teens and parents about being safe online.

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