NBC Right Now has uncovered new details in the case of Monica Helberg. Deputies are now saying they believe she ran away.
ROYAL CITY, WA – NBC Right Now has uncovered new details in the case of Monica Helberg. Grant County Sheriff's Deputies are now saying they believe she ran away.
Deputies say they do not believe Monica Helberg is in danger. They believe she is with Logan Moncada, 23, and they have evidence including text messages that point to the two being in love and running away together.
"I want to see her. I want to talk to her. I want to hug her. I want to hold her. It's hard to see her face," said Monica's mother Lisa Helberg as she looked over pictures of her missing daughter.
On January 8th the Helbergs say they went to check in on their daughter in her bedroom but she was not there. The window was open and 16 year old Monica was nowhere to be found.
"Wednesday night she went to bed and I haven't seen her since." Her mother tells us Monica is a happy person and there were no signs leading up to her disappearance.
When the Helberg's gave us a tour of Monica's room they showed us the window, her phone charger, purse and even asthma medication all left behind. They did not mention finding her bed with pillows formed in the shape of a body to appear as if she was still asleep. The sheriff's office says that's just one clue that leads them to believe she ran.
"She hasn't talked about him to me in the past year. She hasn't mentioned his name. I had no reason to believe that she would be going anywhere with him whatsoever like this."
Deputies tell us the pair had been talking all along. While abduction is a possibility, they say it was unlikely.
"Not one member of her family or her friends has heard anything from her whatsoever. Whatsoever," said Lisa, but the Undersheriff tells us Monica's mother has in fact received messages from Monica's phone. After tracking his vehicle using GPS, Moncada was spotted in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a motel where razor blades and black hair dye had been left behind.
"She could have an asthma attack and not get help so, we're very worried about that."
Monica was officially listed as a 'missing and endangered person.' While her parents are not sure if this was an abduction or the case of a young runaway, regardless they say they are worried, have not slept or eaten much and they want their little girl back.
"You know when your daughter is 16 and she's not an adult, it's a big world out there."
Police in Crystal City, Texas are on the lookout for the two. Officers believe that is where they could be headed because Moncada has family there. The sheriff's office also tells us family members have spoke to Moncada. They say they could even hear Helberg laughing in the background of those calls.
At Helberg's home there was no sign of struggle. Moncada can still be charged with harboring a runaway and now that it appears state borders have been crossed he could face federal charges.