Representatives of the center called the department today to offer assistance in the investigation after seeing a story about the disappearance of 16-year-old Marta Ramirez Mendez online, Chief A. J. Benefield said.
The girl was last seen at her home on U.S. 431 in the Hollis Crossroads area on Sept. 30 at about 4:20 a.m. Her family thought she had gone to school, but realized something was wrong when she didn’t come home, said her brother-in-law, Hector Chun. The girl lives with Chun and her sister, Alicia Mendez.
She was reported missing by Cleburne County High School officials on Oct. 2, when the two went to the school for help.
Superintendent Claire Dryden said the school provided a translator to help fill out the missing persons report.
Attempts to reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday. According to its website, the nonprofit organization has been working with law enforcement agencies and parents to help missing and exploited children since 1974.
It has a national tip line, 1-800-THE-LOST, to report information about missing children. It also circulates pictures of missing children. The website states it has assisted law enforcement in recovering 188,000 missing children.
As of this afternoon, the 16-year-old had not yet been added to the list of missing children.
Marta Ramirez Mendez is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about her should contact Heflin police at 256-463-2291. Authorities urge anyone who sees her to call 911.
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.