Travis County Sheriff's Office

Missing 4-year old found safe after AMBER alert, officials say

September 13, 2018 - 4:26 pm
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- 4-year old Katelyn Ramirez, whose disappearance triggered a regional AMBER Alert late Wednesday, was found safe Thursday afternoon.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office issued the alert Wednesday as detectives continued to investigate what originally started as a missing person case in Williamson County that had led to a Pflugerville address. Deputies had been working on the case in one form or another since late Tuesday evening, when they were first contacted by Child Protective Services.

Thanks to tips from the AMBER alert, deputies located Katelyn and her father at a home in Liberty Hill around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Her father, 40-year old Eric John Ramirez was taken into custody on a charge of interference with child custody. TCSO says additional charges from Travis County may be pending.

Katelyn is now in the custody of CPS.

A regional AMBER Alert is different than a statewide AMBER Alert, which is managed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Statewide AMBER alerts have stricter criteria before they are issued, and can be transmitted to cell phones and highway message boards. A regional AMBER alert, on the other hand, is transmitted through the Emergency Alert System to television and radio stations in the area.

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