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Tarboro girl on the run with 20-year-old man

Posted June 7, 2011
Updated June 8, 2011

— Authorities are searching for a 13-year-old Tarboro girl last seen when a 20-year-old man checked her out of school last Thursday.

Tarboro police say Leonardo Velasquez Frias checked Nancy Ramirez out of Martin Middle School, possibly by using her brother's identification card. 

"She left on her own accord. She wasn't forcefully abducted. We have no reason to believe that she is in any danger," Tarboro Police Lt. Keith Hale said.

Hale said the situation did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert because the teen was not forced to leave with Frias, but because of her age, an arrest warrant was issued for Frias charging him with abduction.

Ramirez is a Hispanic girl with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5-foot-1 and approximately 110 pounds. She has pierced ears and scars on her left eyebrow and nose.

They are believed to be traveling in a gold 1997 Mercury Mystique with North Carolina license tag ZZK-9757, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Police said family members think Frias and the teen developed a romantic relationship while he lived with her family in Princeville for the past eight months. Their families are friends. 

Authorities said they believe the two planned the last week's incident.

"He showed up at school, talked to her in the hall for a minute. She left. He goes into the office and comes back out. She comes back with her personal belongings – pocketbook and such – then walked out the door to leave," Hale said.

Ramirez and Frias Tarboro girl on the run with 20-year-old man

Edgecombe County officials said the school followed the correct procedure for checking out students. At the start of the school year, parents fill out a form with contact information and a list of authorized people to pick up their children.

When a person comes to the school to pick up a student early, they sign in the log and show their ID, and workers check the form. The teen's brother was most likely authorized to pick her up.

Police don't think the two have gone far. Frias didn't have much money, and they didn't take any extra belongings with them.

"She's never done this before. Of course, the mother of any 13 year-old is awfully worried about her well-being," Hale said.

The U.S. Marshal Service and State Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the search.

In the past, Frias has been charged with larceny, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call NCMEC at 800-843-5678 or Tarboro police at 252-641-4247.

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  • Iworkforaliving Jun 9, 4:31 p.m.

    if any white person says ANYTHING negative about anybody, their racist. quit lumping everything into racism when it's not. It's possible to not like someone and not be racist. Allot of people don't like "rednecks" and that assumption of them being a "redneck" alone is racist.

  • ufcx3 Jun 9, 1:17 p.m.

    yes i agree its not news worthy b/c she is obviously running away with the guy. The only reason its news is b/c shes 13 & hes 20. He needs to be charged. But racist comments like that, keep to your self. Its 2011 people. Grow up. geez.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 8, 5:01 p.m.

    we'll be paying for the wic and the welfare in about nine months.

    harmstrong4

    June 8, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    That is the truth. So sad.

  • harmstrong4 Jun 8, 4:53 p.m.

    we'll be paying for the wic and the welfare in about nine months.

  • cariannestanley Jun 8, 4:43 p.m.

    I say let her go - just two stupid kids running around playing fools.........they'll hopefully come home when they run out of money or possibly they'll go back where they came from to begin with. This isn't really news-worthy.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 8, 4:36 p.m.

    While this is not socially acceptable in our day and age, it's is the culture of the espanish population in general that allows this. They see nothing wrong with this. The males are brought up to a far different mind set. It's is still a crime either way you look at it. That is one of the reason most americans are having trouble with the espanish population. They don't come here and become and accept our culture, they want us to accept their. Even if it is illegal by our laws.

  • sammyg Jun 8, 4:36 p.m.

    This story has been all over the map from first an amber alert to then a kidnapping to now 'she left on her own free will'. Speaking of site-seeing!

  • cantstandgoloanymore Jun 8, 4:14 p.m.

    Here are some neat images: http://www.google.com/search?q=arrested+in+child+porn&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1672&bih=880

    All busted for child pornography. Nearly all white.

  • Evidence Is Everywhere Jun 8, 3:58 p.m.

    "What part of her being 13 do you not understand?" -LambeauSouth

    Thank you.

    If the parents are calling him her "boyfriend" to the media...they are condoning the relationship. This relationship in any way is not legal. She is 13. He is 20. She is a child. He is an adult. Would you let your 13yr old have a 20yr old boyfriend? Would you really believe they were "sightseeing"?

  • AWakeMom Jun 8, 3:51 p.m.

    humm --- maybe the "worker" that checked the ID is one that is getting ready to lose their job with all the budget cuts. Since schools don't need TA's, clerical assistants or secretaries.......allot more of this will be happening.

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