Amber Alert issued for missing California teen has been canceled in Nevada

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UPDATE: Nevada High Patrol officers tweeted early Thursday evening that the Amber Alert for 15-year-old Alora Benitez had been canceled in Nevada.

It turns out the Amber Alert for Alora does not meet the criteria for Nevada, but it’s still in effect in Los Angeles County because the two adult suspects and the teen are believed to be close to the Mexico border.

ORIGINAL STORY: Two murder suspects considered “armed and dangerous” in California were last seen driving a car with a Nevada license plate. It’s beleived the teen daughter of one of the suspects is with them. An Amber Alert was issued for her in California Thursday morning.

Roman Cerratos and Maricela Mercado, 40, are wanted in the murder of a man Tuesday morning, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Mercado is the mother of 15-year-old Alora Benitez. The girl was last seen with the suspects. The relationship between Cerratos and Mercado is not known.

They are believed to be in a white BMW with the Nevada license plate “MARIMAR.” Anyone who spots them is urged to call 9-1-1.

8 News NOW discovered that the pair were married in California in 2013, and divorced in Las Vegas in 2016, one week after Cerratos was convicted of domestic battery.

Not long after the divorce, Mercado purchased a home in the valley, which she still owns.

8 News NOW Reporter Patrick Walker spoke with a woman who has been renting that home since January. Destiny Rydas didn’t know about the couple’s alleged crimes.

“I’m a musician from Australia, so obviously safety is very important, so it’s a little bit freaky to hear that,” Rydas said.

Patrick Walker, Reporter: “Have you been able to get in touch with her?”
Rydas: “I just tried to call her obviously when you guys came here and her phone’s off, so it’s a little bit freaky.”

Anyone who sees Roman Cerratos and Maricela Mercado or 15-year-old Alora Benitez are asked to call 9-1-1.
 

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