Family of missing Tyler girl plead for her safe return


As of Tuesday, at 1:00 p.m., Tyler investigators have not received any information on the whereabouts of Julissa Rodriguez or her kidnapper Enrique Vasquez.  Investigators continue to use all means possible to locate the two subjects.

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) She's been missing for nearly 48 hours.  The family of a missing East Texas girl is now pleading with the man police say took her to bring her home.  Iridian Julissa Rodriguez, 11, who goes by Julissa, was last seen around 11:00 p.m., Saturday at her apartment in Tyler.  Police have issued an arrest warrant for her alleged kidnapper Enrique Vasquez, 23.

One after the other Monday night, Maira Macias handed out fliers in Tyler, a scared mother who desperately wants her daughter back.

"She misses her, and that no matter what happened, she wants her back," said Neomi Luviano who was translating for Macias.  "No regrets nothing, no anger against her."  Tyler police say Julissa willingly left her apartment Saturday night.  They believe she's with Vasquez.  Police say Vasquez is a convicted felon, arrested in 2006 for breaking into a home.

Macias says Vasquez is a family friend, and she never imagined her daughter, a vibrant little girl who loves to dance, would disappear with him.

"She wants him to know, she wants her daughter back, that she's just a baby, and she needs her little girl back," said Luviano.  A message family say they hope will get to Julissa's alleged kidnapper, and this message for Julissa.

"We want her to know that she's not only my cousin, she's a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter and a niece, and we miss her very much," said Julissa's cousin Susie Rodriguez.

Police tell us Vasquez borrowed a 1999 turquoise Pontiac firebird Sunday morning with licence plate number T31-NJW.  If you have any information contact Tyler police.