Kennewick teen taken to Mexico seen by family

Tri-City HeraldDecember 16, 2013 

A Kennewick teen taken to Mexico by a man wanted for abducting her has been visited by family members, authorities said.

Elizabeth Romero's parents told Kennewick police their daughter has met with relatives in Jalisco, Mexico, and is safe.

It's the first time the 14-year-old has communicated with anyone since first calling her mother early last week. She was too young to give consent to leave town with a man she met through Facebook, police said.

Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales, 19, is wanted on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping after he allegedly picked her up after school Dec. 4 and drove her to Mexico, triggering an Amber Alert.

However, no private organizations or federal agencies will help bring Elizabeth back to the United States "due to the fact she is no longer in danger, and she is only listed as a runaway," the release said.

Police believe Rosales of Hood River, Ore., was grooming Elizabeth for an abduction.

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