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15-year-old girl in Hatch goes missing, deputies say

J.R. Oppenheim
November 15, 2017 06:47 PM

HATCH, N.M. -- Authorities are searching for a 15-year-old girl who went missing over the weekend and could be in danger.

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According to the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office, the family of Jasmin Gutierrez told deputies they discovered a note stating they would be hurt if the girl did not leave with her 17-year-old boyfriend, Jose Lopez. Gutierrez allegedly wrote the note, Public Information Officer Kelly Jameson said.

Neither Gutierrez nor Lopez have contacted their families since Saturday, Jameson said, and the teens have been together for a year.

Jameson told KOB that New Mexico State Police did not issue an Amber Alert in this case because it did not meet the criteria for one. Jameson cited three reasons:

  • Gutierrez had run off with Lopez last month.
  • There was time for Gutierrez to write the note and clean out her closet.
  • Gutierrez is not in "imminent danger."

"Amber Alerts are vital in child abductions, and this appears to be a runaway," Jameson said. "Because they haven’t contacted their families, it’s concerning – that’s why we alerted the media."

Lopez also lives in Doña Ana County and does not appear to have a criminal history, Jameson said.

If you know anything about this case, call detectives at (575) 525-8886 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

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