Maricela Mercado- California- 2019 Apr 18, 2019 23:29:53 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Apr 18, 2019 23:29:53 GMT -5
(Above: Left: Bulletin featuring alleged murder suspects Roman Cerratos and Marciela Mercado. Right: Alora Benitez, missing 15-year-old girl and subject of Amber Alert. Alora is Mercado's daughter and believed to be with her and Cerratos. Photo Credits: Heavy.com via Facebook and/or Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. (UPDATE: On June 13th, 2019, Roman Cerratos was arrested in Mexico. However, Mercado remained at large and Alora Benitez remained missing )
From People Magazine:
Police in California have issued a plea to the public for help in their continuing search for a missing 15-year-old girl.
On Thursday, an AMBER Alert was issued in Los Angeles for Alora Benitez, who was last seen with her mother and an adult male.
Her mother and the man are suspects in the murder of a man in Carson on Tuesday.
According to police, Alora’s mother, 40-year-old Maricela Mercado, and Roman Cerratos, 39, are wanted by police in the death of a man found Tuesday behind the wheel of a suspiciously-parked Audi.
Both should be considered “armed and dangerous,” police said.
Police say Alora was last seen leaving Torrance with her mother and Cerratos in a white 2013 BMW, four-door sedan with the Nevada license plate MARIMAR.
Anyone who sees Alora, her mother, or Cerratos is urged to immediately call 911.
Authorities described Cerratos as a Hispanic male, standing at about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 210 lbs. He is bald and has brown eyes.
Mercado is described as a Hispanic female who is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 130 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.
Alora is also Hispanic, standing 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 100 lbs. Her hair and eyes are both brown.
Other information pertinent to the investigation should be directed to Detective Lawler or Detective Blagg with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500.
NCMEC Amber Alert link: api.missingkids.org/poster/AMBER/30247/11275/screen
Thoughts? I am placing this case in the fugitives on TV section because In Pursuit with John Walsh made a posting about Alora on their Facebook page yesterday. There has also been a bit of media coverage as well.
Also, the reason I made this a fugitive thread as opposed to a missing child thread is because this is a fugitive-themed website and Cerratos and Mercado are wanted for a violent felony, similar to Dimas Coronado case. In other words, even if Alora is recovered, these are fugitives that still need to be found for other reasons as well. Simple parental abductor cases are usually placed in the missing child section since the crime only involves the child and there are no other felony issues to be resolved.
Sorry for the rambling explanation but what's most important is finding Alora since this is a dangerous situation for her to be in.
UPDATE: Cerratos was captured on June 13th, 2019 in Mexico. As of June 15th, 2019, Mercado remains at large a and Alora Benitez remains missing.
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