Sheriff: Missing Teen Left Willingly With Boyfriend

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    An Amber Alert has been canceled for a teenage girl reported missing in Red Oak Tuesday morning after police learned she left willingly. (Published Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014)

    An Amber Alert has been canceled for a teenage girl reported missing in Red Oak Tuesday morning after police learned she left willingly.

    On Tuesday morning, authorities issued a child abduction alert for 16-year-old Inez Ramirez, who was believed to have been abducted in Red Oak at about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.

    The Ellis County Sheriff's Department canceled the alert at about 10:15 a.m. after it was learned that witnesses saw the teen pack a suitcase and willingly leave with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Edger Barron.

    Ellis County Sheriff's Office dispatchers said Ramirez was staying with her aunt in Red Oak and was last seen on Monday evening. The aunt woke up at about 10 p.m. Monday and could not find the teen. The aunt, believing Ramirez left with Barron, reported the girl a runaway, police said.

    Police began searching for Ramirez and Barron and, at some point, the runaway report became an Amber Alert. The sheriff's department said the Amber Alert should have never been issued and is investigating how that transpired.

    Meanwhile, Ramirez and Barron, who are both Mexican citizens, are presumed to be headed to Mexico.  

    Police said the girl had been here for several months but had never enrolled in school.  After she moved to North Texas, she and Barron, who is also from Mexico, started dating.  

    The sheriff's department said they believe the pair are headed to Mexico and that they hope they will be stopped at the border so that they can be questioned.

    Ellis County authorities originally provided the name Edger Barton, but later corrected it to Edger Barron.