Dallas police have stepped up the search for a 16-year-old Molina High School girl who disappeared two months ago after texting her mother saying she was spending the night with a friend.
Missing persons detectives have exhausted all leads in the search for Angela Jaramillo, who did not have a history of running away before she was last heard from in late January, police said Thursday.
“We believe there might be more to this,” said Sgt. Eugene Reyes, who supervises the department’s Special Investigations Unit, which handles missing persons cases generally when foul play is suspected. “It’s out of character for her to be gone.”
On Saturday, Jan. 23, the girl told her mother that she was going to a party at a boy’s house. “She left about 11:30 p.m.,” said her mother, Stephanie Reyes, who is no relation to the police sergeant. “I was babysitting that night, and when she walked out the door, I didn’t see who she left with.”Later, Angela texted and asked if she could spend the night with a friend. Her mother gave her permission.
The next day, her mother tried Angela’s cell but got no answer. “I automatically dialed that friend who she was supposed to be spending the night with. They said she never showed up. I called the police immediately.”
She said the boy who hosted the party told her that Angela had come by, watched some movies and left about 2 a.m. It’s unclear who gave her a ride, her mother said. “I am taking it minute by minute,” she said. “It kills me. I can’t think. I’m putting all my hope on her coming back.”
She said Angela has two brothers, ages 3 and 4, and a 10-year-old sister. Angela enjoys school, especially soccer and volleyball, her mother said.
“She was a little kid who liked to make crafts,” she said. “She started coming out of her shell in high school, but she’s never run away or did anything like this before.”
Angela, who also goes by Angie, is 5 feet 8 inches tall, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Her ears and tongue are pierced.
Schepps Dairy is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the safe return of Angela. If it is determined that Angela is the victim of foul play, that same $5,000 will be available as a reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment of a suspect in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 877-373-8477, or Detective E.A. Ibarra at 214-671-3646.