Missing Teen Returns to North Texas

By Greg Janda
|  Monday, May 6, 2013  |  Updated 1:55 PM CDT
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Police Say Missing Teen Found in Mexico

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North Richland Hills police want the public to help find 14-year-old Ruby Contreras who has been missing since Wednesday. Police believe she may be with 24-year-old Stephan Cox who they say is dangerous.

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Missing teen Ruby Contreras is back home after an international manhunt found her and Stephan Cox in Juarez, Mexico.

Ruby Contreras, 14, was reunited with her family Friday night.

Stephan Andrew Cox, 26, is being held in El Paso awaiting extradiction back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Police say Contreras met Cox through social media accounts. Investigators say Cox took a bus from Ohio to North Texas and made his way to North Oaks Middle School in Haltom City.

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 officials, Contreras and Cox were last seen when they arrived in El Paso on April 25.

When the media attention became too much, the two crossed the border to Juarez, Mexico. They were taken into custody by Mexican officials.

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.

In Ohio, Cox was charged with unlawful sexual contact with a minor in January. He is due in court in Ohio on Tuesday.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz and Lindsay Wilcox contributed to this report.

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