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FBI organizing search for missing ETX girl

Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 12:03 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2016 at 12:21 AM CDT
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Investigators meeting outside command post as Day 3 in search for Kayla begins. (Source: KLTV)
Investigators meeting outside command post as Day 3 in search for Kayla begins. (Source: KLTV)
Porch lights being left on to show support for Kayla's safe return. (Source: KLTV staff)
Porch lights being left on to show support for Kayla's safe return. (Source: KLTV staff)
Source: KLTV
Source: KLTV

BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - The FBI is now asking for help searching for a missing East Texas girl.

Officials are searching for 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco. Gomez-Orozco went missing on Tuesday evening after a prayer service at Bullard First Assembly church.

Friday, the FBI said it was looking to expand its search area and asked for public assistance.

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Officials are also offering a $60,000 reward for information, according to Cherokee County Crimestoppers.

Friday, East Texas, state and federal authorities entered their third day in the search for Gomez-Orozco. Officials with the FBI say leads are running low, but they have more interviews today.

Thursday night, residents in Bullard kept their porch lights on as they continued to pray for Kayla's safe return. A special mass was also held for the missing 10-year-old at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in North Tyler.

An Amber alert was issued on Wednesday for Kayla. She is described as a Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes, 4 feet tall and weighing 90 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black Racquet & Jog t-shirt and a peach skirt.

Anyone with tips is urged to call Crimestoppers at 903-586-7867. A member of the sheriff's department said that an anonymous donation of $10,000 was made by an individual to go toward increasing the CrimeStoppers reward.

A tip led investigators to a field off Highway 69 behind the Taco El Conquistador Restaurant in Bullard, where members of the ALERT Academy began to search.  Academy cadets canvassed the wooded terrain on foot, looking for any clues or evidence that might help federal investigators.

Related story: Family of missing girl: 'She was the life of this home'

Kayla's family says the community support during the past 48 hours has helped keep their hope alive. They are asking everyone to wear pink or add pink ribbons to their cars in a show of support for Kayla's safe return.

If you have even the smallest tip, call the FBI Tip Line: 972-559-5711.

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