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Cab company owner retraces calls with missing teen

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Thomas Simon is owner of Scottsdale Cab Guy. (Source: CBS 5 News) Thomas Simon is owner of Scottsdale Cab Guy. (Source: CBS 5 News)
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

The owner of the cab company that was supposed to pick up missing Adrienne Salinas is opening up for the first time.

Salinas went missing 12 days ago after she and her roommates had a party at their apartment near Hardy Drive and Brown Street. She was reportedly headed to her boyfriend's, but she blew two tires on her car and called a cab. 

"You get the call. In this case it came in at 4:23, and the closest driver was about 20 minutes away," said Thomas Simon, owner of Scottsdale Cab Guy. He said the driver was his son, Tom.

"It's very difficult for him, very difficult," Simon said. "He's a good boy. He cares about people, and he's worried about this girl."

Simon said after getting the call, his son headed to that area and followed their procedure.

"He calls back a couple of times along the way to make sure that the person is going to wait," Simon said.

Simon said his son called Salinas at 5:04 a.m. and 5:05 a.m. to make sure she was headed to the gas station. He said at 5:06 a.m., Salinas called his son, saying she'd be there in a minute. Then he called Salinas at 5:07 a.m. looking for her, but the phone went to voicemail.

"In a place like this, they would get out, look around, make sure the person wasn't in the store," Simon said. He said his son did just that but never saw Salinas. 

Now he says his son is cooperating with police but didn't have anything to do with Salinas' disappearance.

"We hope Tempe police are able to find whoever did this or harm or anything else to Adrienne," Simon said.

Simon said they have searched his son's home, and Friday police took a DNA sample. Tempe police have not named the cab driver as a person of interest or suspect.

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