MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL – An Amber Alert has been called off after a little boy who was abducted Thursday night was found murdered.
That comes directly from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Local media outlets were at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club Friday morning when the body was discovered.
A body was pulled from a nearby canal, and although police have not publicly confirmed the body was that of Alejandro Ripley the area is just four miles away from where he was allegedly abducted.
Police put out the Amber Alert after they say a boy, 9, was abducted Thursday night while in a car with his mother.
Police got a call out of the parking lot of a Home Depot at 15750 SW 88th Street. They are searching for Alejandro Ripley, who has autism and is non-verbal.
According to Miami-Dade police, Ripley and his mother, 47-year-old Patricia Ripley, were being followed when she said they were ambushed by two men in an unknown vehicle.
According to police, the driver tried to side-swipe Ripley’s car, forcing her to veer onto Southwest 158th Avenue.
She said they then blocked her and a passenger got out, taking Ripley and demanding she give them drugs – which she told them she didn’t have.
The driver and passenger of the blue sedan were identified by police only as two black males.
They then took both Alejandro and his mother’s cell phone before taking off southbound.
Police have described Ripley as 4-foot-11, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. They tell Law Enforcement Today he was last seen wearing a blue Captain America shirt, black shorts and black Crocs.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement put out the Amber Alert late Thursday night.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 305-4.
Just last month, a young girl was saved thanks to an Amber Alert being issued.
That was out of Truckee, California.
An AMBER Alert regarding an abducted teenage girl from Idaho came to an end on April 17th in Northern California, after authorities used a combination of cellphone tracing and tracking footprints in the snow to locate the missing girl and one alleged abductor.
Police say that the victim suffered no harm during her period of abduction.
The latest on Idaho teen abducted by two suspects (April 17): The California Highway Patrol says 14-year-old Nayeli Miciela Ford and the two suspects 18-year-old Sergio Anaya Alcantar and 35-year-o… https://t.co/E2fIzbKjGg
— FOX40 News (@FOX40) April 17, 2020
Two suspects were taken into custody on April 17th, following the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl that authorities say was at risk of being trafficked.
The men arrested were 18-year-old Sergio Anaya Alcantar and 35-year-old Carmelo Villanueva Galarza and are now facing charges of kidnapping.
According to a Facebook post by the California Highway Patrol’s Truckee office, Nayeli Ford was abducted from her home in Rupert, Idaho on April 14th.
AMBER ALERT: Authorities are looking for 14-year-old Nayeli Miciela Ford who was last seen in Rupert, Idaho and may be heading toward Santa Rosa, Calif. https://t.co/KWtbKzsJun
— CBS Sacramento CBS13 (@CBSSacramento) April 17, 2020
After collaborating with authorities in Idaho, who alerted the CHP that the suspects may be headed to California, the suspects were located near the Donner Summit rest area along Interstate 80 shortly after midnight on April 17th.
One of the two suspects arrested in the case was already wanted in Idaho for an alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl, but the CHP’s release did not indicate which of the two men it was.
Using the information provided by authorities in Idaho, authorities in California used GPS tracking to help locate the suspects:
“Cellphone tracking information showed the involved parties were possibly around the Truckee, CA area. At approximately 0004 hours, a CHP officer located the vehicle and one suspect near the Donner Summit Rest Area. Galarza was contacted in the driver seat of the vehicle.”
While CHP had landed one suspect, they were still missing the Alcantar. Most importantly, the missing girl wasn’t inside the vehicle with Galarza when authorities arrived at the rest area.
While continuing to use the GPS tracking of the cell phone, responding units believed that Alcantar was hiding with the victim nearby on foot:
“Officers conducted a search of the area and located two sets of fresh footprints in the snow that led north into the forest. Alcantar and the victim were located 200 yards north of the rest area hiding behind a large tree in the snow.”
Both Alcantar and Galazar were booked into the Nevada County jail in Nevada City, where they face charges related to kidnapping. Their bail is reportedly set at $500,000 each. As for the teenage girl, Ford was placed into the custody of Child Protective services.
Earlier this year, in California as well, authorities had tracked down another abducted 14-year-old girl using a creative means to track her down.
Some years ago, the smartphone application Snapchat was being labeled as the “sexting app” and was getting periodic bad press from anecdotal experiences.
However, after the app helped recover a teenage girl who was kidnapped and raped by three men, critics will have a tough time knocking its role in saving a girl’s life.
On Tuesday, January 14, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly drugged and kidnapped by a man nearly four times her age. She was then transported by the two additional men to a motel just a few miles from where she had been abducted.
Had authorities not had access to her location via Snapchat, there’s no telling what more abuse the young girl might have suffered. The San Jose Police Department released a statement following the tracking down and arrest of all the three suspects allegedly involved.
A 55-year-old man named Albert Thomas Vasquez, a San Jose resident, had came into contact with the victim in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Reports detailed that they had met at the City of Capitola, but there was no context as to whether the meeting was planned or happenstance.
Police say that Vasquez had allegedly dosed the victim with PCP during their interactions, causing her to become incapacitated. During this time, authorities stated that Vasquez had reached out to two other men to help transport the young girl.
Authorities said that 34-year-old Antonio Quirino Salvador and 31-year-old Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, both from Fremont, came to assist Vasquez. The three suspects loaded the unwilling victim into a vehicle and began transporting her to a motel 40 miles from where she was abducted.
Calif. Girl, 14, Uses Snapchat to Escape Kidnappers After She Was Sexually Assaulted: Police https://t.co/k2XER7Blzl
— People (@people) January 19, 2020
Police say that while in the car, the victim was sexually assaulted by Vasquez. At some point while in the vehicle, the young victim was able to send out a desperate cry for help using Snapchat.
Reports indicate that the victim sent a distress call stating:
“Somebody help me. I’m in a random man’s car … I am not in Santa Cruz. Where am I?”
Investigators from the SJPD mentioned that due to her quick thinking, she helped create a means for her location to be tracked by friends and authorities.
Ahmed Banafa, a cybersecurity expert at San Jose State University, explained why the app was likely the better route to go rather than a traditional calling for help:
“It’s easy to go through the app. Because when you’re calling police, people can overhear you. This is a silent way to broadcast your location. And you have to understand that Snapchat broadcasts your location to multiple friends — not just one.”
When Banfa mentions the part about broadcasting your location, she explains that the app nearly details where you are within feet:
“It is very precise — within a few feet. I’ve tested it many times. It’s even your position inside a building. It [gave] an approximate location for where that person is standing.”
In this case, friends of the victim were able to contact police and share the location information as to where their friend might be through the app.
This led authorities to the E-Z 8 Motel on 1550 N. First St. in San Jose. SJPD officers arrived at the motel at around 11:08 a.m., where officers made contact with Vasquez and placed him into custody as he was leaving one of the motel rooms. During follow-up investigations by detectives, they were able to locate Salvador and Avarenga the following day and place them into custody.
All three suspects were taken to the Santa Clara County Jail. Salvador and Avarenga were both charged with kidnapping and conspiracy. Vasquez was charged with kidnapping to commit rape, digital penetration with a child under 14 years with force, false imprisonment, lewd act with a child 14 or 15 years with force, and rape by intoxication or controlled substance.
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