Missing NRH Teen, Man Found in Mexico

Teen girl, man are OK and in custody, police say

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    In a news conference Thursday, police said 14-year-old Ruby Contreras and 26-year-old Stephan Cox have been found in Mexico and are OK. (Published Thursday, May 2, 2013)

    North Richland Hills police say 14-year-old Ruby Contreras and 26-year-old Stephan Cox have been found in Mexico and are OK.

    According to police, Contreras and Cox were both taken into custody by Mexican officials, though he wouldn't say where specifically.  Local law enforcement are now working to bring them both back to the United States.

    North Richland Hills police gave high praise to Mexican officials for their assistance in the investigation, which officials said is active and ongoing.

    "The officials of the government of Mexico have been more than accommodating with our investigation. We owe our gratitude to their efforts in locating these two individuals and working with us to bring them home," said investigator Keith Bauman, with the North Richland Hills Police Department.

    Police said they are still working to determine what charges Cox is expected to face.

    Contreras was last seen at North Oaks Middle School in Haltom City and has been missing for more than one week. Police suspected she was with Cox, an Ohio man who earlier this year was charged with unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

    Police said Contreras and Cox took a Greyhound bus from Fort Worth to El Paso on April 24, stopping in Abilene during the trip. The photo of Contreras and Cox entering a convenience store in Abilene was taken at about 10 p.m. on April 24.

    Prior to being located by Mexican officals, Contreras and Cox were last seen when they arrived in El Paso on April 25.