Jan 20, 2012 11:21 AM by David Ortiviz

Missing girl case highlights previous stranger alerts

UPDATE: Calysta Cordova was found this morning in Colorado Springs.

In the past year there have been several stranger alerts and one child kidnapping in Pueblo. Now, police are looking for a missing 9-year old girl, Calysta Cordova, who was last seen leaving Columbian Elementary School on Thursday. An amber alert has been issued for the missing child.

In the most recent stranger encounters in Pueblo, none of the suspects were found.

In May, a 10-year old boy was kidnapped from Cesar Chavez Academy in Pueblo. Police said the boy was waiting for a ride when a stranger in a gray four-door car pulled up and convinced him to get inside. The man drove for several miles and eventually pulled over in a rural area northwest of Pueblo. The boy got out of the car and ran away. He was found safely two hours later. The suspect was never found. He was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, driving a newer silver or gray sedan with tinted windows.

In October, Pueblo Police issued a warning to parents about two men who were accused of flashing students as they walked home from school. Investigators told us in one instance, a man pretended to be looking for a lost puppy. When the child would approach the car, he would expose himself. Police said this happened several times at schools on Pueblo's east and south sides. No arrests were made. One of the suspects was described as a white or Hispanic, in his 30s, with black hair and possibly facial hair. The other suspect was described as African American with a shaved head. Both were seen driving a white car.

Authorities say it's possible Cordova was seen getting into a white car, perhaps a Mercedes. If you have any information about her whereabouts, you're urged to call 911.



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