The family car of a missing Texas boy was found at an airport over the weekend following an AMBER Alert issued for the 7-year-old, who hasn’t been seen since November 2022.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Everman Police Chief Craig Spencer said that Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez has severe health problems and investigators are concerned he’s not getting the care he needs.
The investigation began on March 20, when police received an anonymous tip that Noel hadn’t been seen since November. Extended family members confirmed that they, too, had not seen the boy since November.
WION reports that officials tried to locate the mother afterward, who is alleged to have avoided contact with them. When they did reach her at the family home off Wisteria Drive in Everman, they learned that Noel was missing, and the mother, who was reportedly evasive, claimed that he went to Mexico with his father.
When police spoke to the child’s father, he said he had never met or seen the boy. Homeland Security later confirmed that the father had left been deported to Mexico shortly before Noel’s birth.
On March 23, Child Protectives Services and law enforcement learned that Noel’s four siblings, ages 7 through 11, had been absent from school and his mother, Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, contacted the school about un-enrolling them.
“What I do know is that a 6-year-old, severely disabled boy cannot be accounted for and is missing, the mother has not been willing to cooperate with investigators to help us simply assure the child is safe and we desperately need the public’s help,” Spencer said.
Also on March 23, police learned that the family, including the mother, stepfather, and six children (including Noel’s 5-month-old twin half-siblings), boarded a plane to Istanbul, Turkey, but Noel was not listed as a passenger.
Now, the Everman Police Department tells CBS that the family vehicle involved in the child’s disappearance was found Sunday at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.
On Sunday, police discontinued the AMBER Alert, claiming that there is no need to believe that the other children are in danger, Fox 4 News reports.
Police added that the AMBER Alert discontinuation does not mean they’ll stop searching for him.
“This change does not affect the course of our investigation,” Spencer said. “We plan to continue to investigate this case to the fullest of our capabilities.”
DISCONTINUE AMBER ALERT for Noel Rodriguez Alvarez from Everman, TX, on 03/25/2023, TX plate PLS7091 pic.twitter.com/WlyQo5bibL
— Texas Alerts (@TX_Alerts) March 26, 2023
The chief said investigators have no physical evidence so far in their search for Noel, but added that the mother had an “extensive criminal history involving alcohol-related offenses.”
Anyone with information should contact the Everman Police Department at (817) 293-2923 or call 911 immediately.
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[Feature Photo: Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, left, and Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez/Everman Police Department]