Denton, Texas police, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Amber Alert Network issued an amber alert Saturday night for a four-year-old boy after his mother was found dead earlier that day. According to local police, the boy, Ricardo Alekzander Lara, is thought to be in immediate danger and is more than likely with his father Ricardo Lara Martinez.
Martinez, born Feb. 7 1991, is said to be a Hispanic male around five and half feet tall and around 150 pounds. He is described as having brown eyes and black hair and is thought to be on foot. Police have said that Martinez was last heard from in Denton. The four-year-old is said to have brown eyes and hair and that he was around three feet tall and about 55 pounds. Details about the clothes they were wearing when they were last seen were not made available.
Denton police were not able to establish contact with the boy’s father and he was not at his last known address. Martinez, 23, is being sought in connection with his son’s disappearance. He has also been listed as a person of interest in connection with the woman’s death. He is believed to have abducted little Ricardo Alekzander Lara. An amber alert was issued with their descriptions. The boy’s mother and father had previously been in a relationship but were no longer romantically involved according to police.
Local authorities were called to a storefront at 1111 East McKinney Street around 4:49 p.m. A patron attempted to enter Sanchez Insurance and Tax Services but found the door locked during normal business hours. The patron called an employee who worked there and when she arrived to open the door, she found Maria Isabel Romero Medina, 27, dead inside.
Police responded to the call and after confirming Medina’s identity, contacted her family. The family notified police that Medina had a four-year-old son named Ricardo Alekzander Lara. An amber alert was issued for the Texas boy after finding the mother dead and the boy missing. Officer Shane Kizer, Denton police, said there was evidence of foul play involved in Medina’s death. According to law enforcement, the boy was believed to have been kidnapped around 5 p.m. local time Friday evening.
Detectives and forensic teams combed the area and interviewed potential witnesses. The medical examiner made it to the scene after 7:30 pm local time. According to Kizer, the last communication exchange that deceased had was via text message to family members the previous day. Denton Police were still checking with other family members and friends of the deceased and the father in an effort to locate the child.
The amber alert issued for the missing Texas boy whose mother was found dead remained in effect Sunday morning as investigators continued to search for Martinez and figure out the motive for Medina’s death. Ricardo Alekzander Lara is presumed to be in grave danger. Anyone with information in regards to the death of Medina or the whereabouts of the boy or his father was urged to contact the Denton Police Department at (940) 349-7919 or dial 911.
By Stevenson Benoit
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