Summary of Incident: Kennewick, Wa. Over this past weekend, we received information from Elizabeth Romero's parents that she has been seen by immediate family in Jalisco Mexico and is safe.
Romero is still listed as a runaway with our agency because that is how her mother originally reported her missing when she did not come home from school. It was of course nearly 24 hours later when information developed that she had left the state with a 19 year of age man. Due to her age of 14 and his age of 19, she cannot legally give consent to runaway with a 19 year old man. That by legal definition is abduction and hence why we have a Kidnapping 2nd Degree Warrant for the suspect Rosales. If Romero had been 16 years of age she could have then legally given consent to leave with the 19 year old.
Due to the fact that she is no longer in danger and she is only listed as a runaway, no Federal of Private organization will assist in returning Romero from Mexico.
If someone has information that they would like to provide while remaining confidential, they may call the Crime Stoppers line at 586-TIPS (8477), 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit www.tricitiescimestoppers.org