Ser Je Da Be is missing and could be in extreme danger after allegedly being kidnapped by her much-older boyfriend, authorities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, said in a grim update on Sunday morning.
The 13-year-old girl was last seen on Saturday and is believed to be with her ex-boyfriend, a 22-year-old who has not yet been named by authorities. As WOOD-TV reported, authorities believe that Ser Je Da Be is in “extreme danger,” though police did not say if they believe the girl had been harmed.
Ser Je Da Be, an Asian female, is listed at 5-foot-2 and weighing 100 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green and white dress, police said.
There were few other details on the alleged abduction of Ser Je Da Be, though authorities did have some information about the vehicle the teen’s ex-boyfriend may have been driving when she was abducted.
“Police believe she is in extreme danger and may have been abducted by her 22-year-old ex-boyfriend,” WLS noted in a report on Sunday morning. “Police said they may be riding in a two-door car with pink spray paint on the tire rims and a Texas license plate.”
The disappearance and alleged abduction of Ser Je Da Be gained national attention on Sunday morning. After local authorities had issued Amber Alert regarding her disappearance, many local and even national news outlets shared information including pictures of the missing girl and details about her abduction.
The abduction of Ser Je Da Be came just one day after a national story of a tragic child abduction. In Wichita, Kansas, police arrested two people for allegedly abducting a newborn girl whose mother was murdered days before.
On Thursday, 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda was shot and killed, and her 6-day-old infant was taken, KWCH reported. Police said at the time they did not have a motive for the abduction of newborn Sophia Gonzalez.
Police were able to determine a suspect and later found the baby girl at a home in Dallas, Texas.
“An infant, believed to be Sophia Gonzales, was recovered alive in the residence,” said Wichita Police Department public information officer Sgt. Nikki Woodrow.
Family members said there was some delay in bringing baby Sophia back to her family members, as the family’s home and the home in Dallas were both considered to be crime scenes.
Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay said the suspects had a relationship with the family, but did not elaborate exactly how they knew each other, People magazine reported.
“This is a complicated case and we want to make sure we get it right,” Ramsay said.
Community members have also rallied around the family, creating a GoFundMe account for the murdered mother’s funeral that drew in thousands of dollars in just a few hours.
“Laura Orquidea Abarca-Nogueda was a vibrant, beautiful woman, who’s life got taken from us far to soon. She was a loving mother to her daughter Sophia, a devoted girlfriend, also a caring sister, [daughter] and aunt, simply a friend to us all.
“Laura meant so much to us and we are devastated by the events surrounded by her death and the disappearance of her [daughter] Sophia. We appreciate all the prayers and will be grateful for any amount you are able to donate. Thank you and remember to keep praying for a safe return for baby Sophia while we set her mother to rest.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ser Je Da Be is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department at 1-260-427-1213 or 911. Updated information on the search for Ser Je Da Be will also be listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s page regarding her abduction.
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