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UPDATE: Breakthrough in missing girl case

Update: Tyler PD investigators learned that suspect, Enrique Vasquez, was in Houston on Sunday, January 25, 2009. 

Authorties say that the suspect visited a Sonic there. He then traveled to Irving and was involved in the hit and run accident we told you about on Tuesday. 

Shortly after the wreck a vehicle was stolen in Irving not far from the hit and run site. The stolen vehicle was recovered not far from both scenes.

Investigators are not sure at this time if the stolen vehicle is related to this incident.

 

By Courtney Lane - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

A major break has been made in the search for a Tyler girl, now missing for 4 days.

Since Sunday, we've been following the case of 11-year old Iridian Julissa Rodriguez, who has not been seen since Saturday night. Her alleged kidnapper, Enrique Vasquez, is believed to have been driving with Julissa in a turqouise Pontiac Firebird.

KLTV received pictures from Tyler PD showing that same car; which was reportedly involved in a hit and run accident last night in Irving. Witnesses even reported seeing a man who looked like Vasquez, but no sign of Julissa.

KLTV met with Julissa's family, who is praying someone can find her and bring her home. Julissa's mom, Maira Macias is hopeful that Vasquez is not far from here. Still, there's no trace of her little girl since Saturday night, and as more time passes, the worst comes to mind.

"That he probably did something to her, left her somewhere by herself," translated Iris Rodriguez for Maira Macias, the mother of Julissa.

Julissa's family is even more worried about the search now that the car Vasquez was driving has been recovered, and he remains at large.

"Right now, I think it's probably going to be harder since they don't have the car that they were supposed to be in that they were looking for and now they don't have any car to look for if they're somewhere out there," said Julissa's cousin, Iris.

Going on their fourth day without answers and sleepless nights, wondering what happened to Julissa.

"So many things go through her head," translated Iris for Julissa's Mother. "That's not very good because he didn't take her with a good intention."

Tyler police sent investigators to Irving and Julissa's mom is praying they can find some clues.

"She thinks a lot of bad things but she thinks God's going to help her and she's going to find her daughter," translated Iris. 

Julissa's mom is begging anyone who knows anything to speak up, saying her family cannot rest until her little girl is safe at home.

Julissa's mom says she may be in the same clothes she was wearing saturday night. A pink sweater, blue jeans and black shoes with bows. Julissa also has turtle-shaped earrings and wears a silver ring in the shape of a frog. If you have any information, call Tyler police.  

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