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Statewide Amber Alert deactivated, baby has been safely located

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Jul 26, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-02 11:13:38-04

PUEBLO — A recent post by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation states that the AMBER alert for Elsy Ardolino has been deactivated and that the child has been safely located.

According to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office press conference, Luis Novelo-Rojas was arrested last night because he was found driving a car without plates. Police attempted to pull him over and Novelo-Rojas ran. Officers later found and arrested him at his home in Arvada.

Ashley and Elsy Ardolino were found at a Motel 6 in Denver. Ashley was taken into custody due to outstanding warrants on unrelated charges. Elsy was taken to a hospital and found to be healthy.

Temporary custody of the child was granted to the child's grandmother, who lives in Pueblo West, and the two will be reunited soon.

Charges are currently pending regarding this incident, but both parents were wanted for outstanding warrants unrelated to this situation.

There are four criteria–all of which must be met–before CBI will issue an amber alert:

1. An abducted child has to be under 18
2. An abducted child must be in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death
3. There must be enough descriptive information available to believe that a broadcast will assist or aid in the recovery
4. The activation must be requested by a local law enforcement agency or amber designee from another state

The deactivation of the alert comes after the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office was looking for 2-month-old Elsy Ardolino, who was taken by her parents Ashley Ardolino and Luis Novelo-Rojas.

Elsy was reportedly taken from 1000 W Gallinas Dr. in Pueblo West, CO.

Law enforcement did believe that the child was in danger during the time of the kidnapping.

A recent tweet by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports that the couple may be in a forest green GMC Yukon XL with a tow hitch and no license plates. An updated Amber alert was issued around 2:20 p.m., and law enforcement is no longer searching for this vehicle.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office released more information about the missing and endangered 2-month-old Elsy Ardolino.

Elsy had spent the last month living with another family member in Pueblo West after her mother, Ashley Ardolino, issued disturbing statements and requested that the family member take the child.

On Tuesday, the family member reported that Elsy's parents, Ashley Ardolino and Luis Novelo-Rojas, drove down from Denver to visit.

The parents and family member got into an argument and the parents left with Elsy.

The green Yukon XL that they were driving may have been stolen.

The family member believes that the couple may have returned to Denver.

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