Houston teen missing after eight months

Nov. 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM

HOUSTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Houston family members say they're preparing to spend Christmas without a teenage daughter they believe is being held against her will.

Jose Rodriguez's 14-year-old daughter Nereyda disappeared eight months ago, with her last communication coming in the form of a phone call in which said she wanted to come home but was cut off when someone grabbed the phone away, KTRK-TV, Houston, reported Monday.

The broadcaster said there's evidence she's been kidnapped by a man she met over the Internet, and a volunteer with the Laura Recovery Center, Priscilla Navarro, has helped track down new pictures of Nereyda. She has also reportedly contacted someone who said they saw a girl like Nereyda being pulled into a Pasadena, Texas, apartment building.

Telling KTRK-TV that authorities don't seem motivated to find the girl, Navarro said, "If it was a rich white kid from (affluent Houston neighborhood) River Oaks, they would be really looking because I've seen it. I've seen it happen."

A Houston police spokesperson told the station they could not confirm where the investigation is and refused to comment on Navarro's claim that race plays a role in their efforts to find missing children.

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