Household of Lacking Boy, 6, Flew to Turkey Earlier than Amber Alert, Cops Say

The household of a boy who went lacking in Texas left the U.S. on a flight to Turkey earlier than an Amber Alert was issued for the 6-year-old over the weekend, authorities say.

Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez was first reported lacking Saturday when the alert was issued. The alert was discontinued that evening and changed with an Endangered Lacking Individuals Alert as a substitute.

Police started trying to find Noel—who has a number of disabilities and persistent lung illness—after they acquired an nameless tip that his relations haven’t seen him since November 2022.

At a information convention Sunday, police mentioned they modified the alert after they discovered that Noel’s mother, stepdad, and siblings had left the U.S. on a Turkish Airways flight to Istanbul on March 23. “We presently should not have any bodily proof on Noel’s standing as a lacking particular person,” police mentioned. “What we do know is that we’ve a 6-year-old disabled boy… that’s lacking and that the mom isn’t prepared to cooperate… to make sure the kid is secure.”

Everman Police Chief Craig Spencer mentioned Noel’s mother, Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, has an “in depth prison historical past involving alcohol-related offenses.” After receiving the tip that Noel could also be lacking, police performed a welfare verify at his residence. There, Cindy instructed officers that Noel had been residing in Mexico along with his organic father since November, and authorities discovered no want to research additional.

Then Youngster Protecting Investigations contacted Everman police later final week to say that Noel’s family have been nonetheless involved about his whereabouts. CPI had additionally discovered Noel’s father in Mexico, and he mentioned he’d been deported earlier than Noel was born and that he’d by no means a lot as met his son.

CPI was then unable to contact Cindy to ask about her youngsters and their college enrollment.

The Amber Alert was first issued when police decided that Noel wasn’t within the custody of different relations. An arrest warrant was additionally issued for Cindy. On Saturday evening, police discovered concerning the flight to Turkey and found that Noel had not been listed as a passenger on the airplane.

Authorities added that Noel’s stepfather is an immigrant for India and that they’re working to attempt to set up the household’s ultimate vacation spot. Spencer mentioned the household isn’t believed to have any direct ties to Turkey and that it was potential they might have taken a connecting flight to a different nation.

In a Fb replace on Sunday night, Everman Emergency Providers mentioned investigators had discovered a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that Cindy was seen driving. “Noel continues to be lacking!” the replace added. “Please assist us discover him!”