A 16-year-old female reported missing to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has been found. After running down numerous leads, from New Braunfels, Texas, to Atlanta, Ga.; and Mexico, Inez Ramirez was located at an apartment complex in Arlington. Investigators are reuniting her with her family.

ECSO received the report at about 2 a.m. Jan. 14 that Ramirez had gone missing from a relative’s home in Red Oak. Fearing she may have been taken to Mexico, in an attempt to cover all bases and get information out as quickly as possible, the responding Patrol Deputy submitted information to the Amber Alert system.

The Amber Alert was initially denied; however, upon subsequent review by an official at the Texas Fusion Center, its release was authorized given the circumstances known at that time.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety website, The AMBER, Blue, Silver & Endangered Missing Persons Alert Programs are housed within the Operations Section of the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The State Operations Center (SOC) serves as the state primary control point, collecting and disseminating alert information to local, state, federal, public and private technology partners, known as the State Network. The goal of the State Network is to mobilize Texas citizens to search for abducted children, missing senior citizens, endangered missing persons and suspects involved with the death or serious injury of law enforcement officers. Each alert program has a specific set of criteria in order to protect the integrity of the network. Only law enforcement can request activation of the State Network.

“DPS issued the Amber Alert for the 16-year-old girl based on information we had at the time of the request,” a spokesperson for the agency said. “Later, additional information was confirmed by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office that indicated the incident no longer met the criteria for an Amber Alert, and the Alert was discontinued.”

Sheriff’s investigators continued to work on the missing persons case, with assistance from the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Those efforts led first to the location of the 23-year-old male subject, Edger Barron, who had been identified as the person with whom Ramirez had left her relative’s home. Barron, who was located by cellphone at work, was cooperative and provided authorities with Ramirez’ location.