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Amber Alert Cancelled: Eunice Serrato Found Safe

Eunice Serrato (inset) Juan Manuel Salazar

Eunice Serrato (inset) Juan Manuel Salazar

Update: Amber Alert Cancelled

The Amber Alert for missing child Eunice Serrato has been cancelled. The girl was found safe Saturday afternoon at the San Ysidro border crossing with Mexico where the two turned themselves in. The men police believe abducted Serrato, Juan Manuel Salazar and his father Juan Salazar Sr., were also in police custody on Saturday. These men are persons of interest in the double homicide of the two men found dead in Serrato’s parents’ home the night of her abduction. According to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, more arrests are expected in this case.


A statewide Amber alert has been issued for San Ardo, Calif. teen Eunice Serrato, 16, who was abducted from her home Saturday night, July 28, 2012. According to police, her parents came home from a wedding to find the mud-covered bodies of two men in their bathroom and their daughter, 16, missing. The discovery was made by the couple’s grandchild, 7. The victims’ identities have not been released. Police suspect Serrato’s boyfriend, Juan Manuel Salazar, 19, and his father, Juan Salazar Sr., 39, in both the murders and the abduction. Serrato reportedly called her parents Sunday night to tell them she was alright, before the phone was taken away and hung up. One of the suspects, Juan Salazar Sr., has turned himself in.

Serrato is described as a Hispanic female, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes, who was last seen wearing a blue and white shirt, a pink jacket and blue jeans. Juan Manuel, who may be headed to Mexico, is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes and possibly wearing glasses. They may be driving a white Accura Integra. Anyone with any information on the case, or who has seen them is asked to call 911.

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