• UPDATE: Missing Jacksonville 12-year-old found safe

    By: Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax


    UPDATE: A missing 12-year-old girl has been found safe, according to officials.

    Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the man she was believed to be with, 21-year-old Omar Castillo-Lopez, is in custody.

    According to JSO records, he is charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a child and interference of custody.

    The pair was found on Dandy Street in Jacksonville, the report says.

    Police originally said Castillo-Lopez was 24 years old. Arrest reports reveal he is 21.

    Original story: A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 12-year-old girl.

    Jacksonville officers say she may be in the company of 24-year-old Omar Castillo-Lopez, who reportedly called the girl's dad and told him they were in love and leaving together.

    A neighbor told Action News Jax the two both live in the La Esperanza Apartments. Officers are going door-to-door at the apartment complex asking residents if they've seen them.

    The girl is described as a white, Hispanic girl with brown eyes and black hair. She is about 113 pounds and 5 feet and 6 inches tall. 

    Castillo-Lopez is described as a white, Hispanic man. It is unknown if they are walking or in a vehicle, authorities said.

    Timeline of events in the girl's disappearance

    12 a.m. Monday: Her mother tells police she last saw her daughter around this time before going to bed.

    3 a.m. Monday: The girl's father leaves for work. According to the police report, before leaving, he said to her, "I love you, take care of the baby and your mother."

    10 a.m. Monday: The girl's mother calls the girl's father, crying and saying the girl was not home and left with Lopez, according to the police report. The girl's father tells the girl's mother to calm down, that she is likely playing with friends in the apartment complex. The girl's father tells police that she does not attend school.

    11:30 a.m. Monday: Lopez calls the girl's father and said they were in love and he was leaving with her. The girl's father told his boss about the call and said he did not take Lopez's comments seriously, the report detailed.

    6:30 p.m. Monday: The girl's father arrives home and finds that his daughter is missing. He calls his foreman.

    8:30 p.m. Monday: The foreman arrives at the apartment complex with his daughter to translate for the girl's father. The foreman's daughter initially contacted police for the girl's father because she believed she would have to translate for him.

    Just after 9 p.m. Monday: JSO responded to the apartment complex, located at 3800 S. University Blvd., in reference to the missing girl. Officers said the girl is from Jacksonville and was last seen April 30 around 3 a.m.

    If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of this person, please contact FDLE or the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or 911.

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