About Noemi

Noemi is a sweet girl who is the hero of her youngest sister, Jennifer. Precocious from a young age, she was always a strong and confident girl. When her mother decided to leave an abusive relationship, and was despairing of how to provide for her two small daughters, Noemi, all of 6 years old, assured her mom that they would find a way to survive.

As she grew older, she continued to exhibit leadership (although her sisters were more likely to call it bossiness) and was entrusted by her parents to assist in caring for her 3 sisters. She would decide to clean the house on her own volition, and would do an outstanding job. In short, she was tremendous help for her mother and I.

As she turned 12 and then 13, and began to pass into the wild turbulence of adolescence, demons from her past came to the forefront. Her mother and I were made aware that the happy go lucky kid of years past had been struggling silently with a traumatic series of events that transpired in Mexico. Through years of therapy and the dedicated efforts of many caring individuals, Noemi made significant progress towards learning how to manage those demons. Nevertheless, as Noemi passed 16 years of age and headed towards 17 at full speed, she began to make her desire to return to live with her biological father known to us. Despite severe misgivings, and concern for her education, over the last few months her mother and I decided to allow her to make that move. We had planned to take her down the week of Spring Break, as we would have time to make a leisurely trip down and back.

Background

Noemi had let us know a month or so ago that she had met some guy online, named ""Erich"", and that he might be coming here to visit. She said he had just turned 19. She asked our permission to date him, and we denied that request. Her biological father, Tomas, did speak with him once, and he told us later he had a Central American accent, not Mexican. (Her biological father is Mexican) She told a cousin in Mexico that he was actually 25, and a member of MS-13. She also told her sister Paolina he was in a gang.

Timeline

Noemi left school around noon on March 7, 2016. She had made arrangements to meet "Erich" at the local Motel 6. Around 2pm, she contacted relatives in Mexico, asking whether she could stay with them if her biological father refused to allow her to stay. Around 4-4:30pm, she contacted her mother to advise she was "walking home because she had a bad day".

My wife was not convinced, and started calling her best friend E- (name redacted for privacy). E- refused to pick up initially, but around 5:30pm called to admit Noemi was at the Motel 6 with "Erich". My wife and I immediately started driving to the motel. After we arrived, we spoke with the desk clerk and showed him Noemi's picture. He had not seen her, and no one registered under the name Erich. My wife and I left the hotel, (E- had not been clear on the name of the hotel, so we weren't convinced this was the right place). About halfway back home, E-'s mother called us, she was on her way over with E- and B- (E-'s friend, living with E and her mom). E-'s mom informed us E- had just admitted 3 or 4 other men were involved. My wife and I immediately contacted the police, and arranged to meet them back at the hotel. We spent a couple of hours at the hotel. E- further offered that the car they were using a white Nissan 4 dr sedan with Virginia plates and dark tinted windows. The police somehow determined what room they had been in (I don't know how, I was busy filling out 40 different forms and paperwork) and went to knock on the door, but they had left. E- also pulled some snapchat photos Noemi had posted with "Erich", from the hotel room.

Wednesday, my wife spoke with the Leander PD, but they couldn't help her because the case was with Cedar Park PD. My wife and I continued to hope the disappearance was voluntary and temporary, but Noemi's phone was off.

Thursday, I dropped by the Cedar Park PD, to advise we had obtained a picture of the man known to us as "Erich". We had pulled it off my daughter's facebook page. His accounts, (there were two) were under the name "Mariano Rogriguez". There were pictures of guns and "El Mago" from the movie "Sin Nombre" on one of them. Across both accounts, the only friends were young females. I also outlined the reasons we felt the disappearence was not voluntary.

  • I left early Monday morning to take Noemi's sister to an appointment. She had an hour to pack her belongings, but did not.
  • She was not in trouble, and had not had a fight with her mother or I
  • We discovered she had been calling another of her friends (friend X since we still don't know her name, although the police most likely do by now) for a ride home from the hotel
  • She has not run away before without letting somebody know, or at least answering her phone or getting on social media. Her phone has been off since Monday evening, and she has not contacted anyone at all.
Later that afternoon, Cedar Park PD called to advise the case was being transferred to Leander PD. They assigned a detective to the case, A. Jones, who works in the Major Crimes division. Jones sent out two uniforms that evening for more paperwork.

Friday, Detective Jones called to advise they had involved local FBI, and Richmond VA PD. Later that day, both detectives from Leander and the FBI field agent came by the house to obtain assistance locating B-, as someone had told them she was staying with us. We told them no, she was staying with E-. Later that evening I got a call from Detective Jones, who advised of the current status. They have determined the plate number of the car, VCX3404, which an online search reveals to be a white 2011 Nissan Sentra (matches earlier description). They have also identified 3 of the men involved, and they are confirmed members of MS-13. My wife and I later contacted the National Missing and Exploited Children website for assistance getting her picture out to more places. This will likely not happen before Monday or Tuesday.

"Francisco Lemus-Castillo aka Erich aka Lobo"

Another man who was involved

Update as of August 11, 2016:

Noemi and the man she was with have been found, and are safe. Her disappearance did turn out to be voluntary. The man's name was Francisco Lemus-Castillo, 24 years of age, who has the street name "Lobo". I want to thank each and every person who lent us assistance and prayers during these last few months. I will be leaving this page up for the foreseeable future, in the hopes that if this man happens to get free years later, he will not be able to hide from what he has done to our family.