Missing Mother, Son Believed to be OK in Mexico

Case downgraded from critical missing to missing person

Dallas police are reclassifying the critical missing case of Heidi Martinez-Trejo and her son Carlos Gomez as a missing persons case.

Police said Trejo, 28, intentionally took her 1-year-old son to Mexico on March 14 and that they do not appear to be in danger. Police now only want to confirm that she and the boy are safe, but have been unsuccessful in reaching out to her or relatives.

Maj. Robert Sherwin with the Dallas Police Department, held a news conference Thursday where he said a witness came forward and told police he drove Trejo and Gomez to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on March 14 after she said her mother was ill and that she needed to get there quickly.

Photographs and video from the Department of Homeland Security show the unnamed witness, Trejo and Gomez crossing the border at about 3:45 a.m. March 15. The witness crossed back into Texas at about 11 a.m. the same day, alone.

Police said the witness allowed police to search his vehicle and that there was no sign of foul play.

Sherwin said Trejo reported a burglary Friday March 13 at about 10:45 p.m. saying two unknown Hispanic men knocked on her door and told her to get out of her apartment. Police said they have not been able to contact Trejo to follow up on the report.

After her disappearance was reported Saturday, police searched Trejo's apartment and found her TV on, furniture and property inside and no damage. Her car was in the parking lot, but the car seat was missing.

Financial records indicated Trejo visited a Walmart at about 6 p.m. Saturday, after she had been reported missing. Video from the store shows Trejo and Gomez, alone, shopping for a few items, presumably before making the trip to the border.

Police added that a note, apparently written by a female, was delivered to the boy's grandmother by an unknown Hispanic man. The note was apparently written by Trejo, to her husband, and said that by the time he read the note she and Carlos would be dead.

Based on the contents of the note, the Dallas Police Department began investigating the disappearance as a critical missing case. Knowing she is now in Mexico intentionally, and apparently safe, the case was downgraded to a missing persons case.

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