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.
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.
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".
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.
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.