HOUSTON - The Walker County Sheriff’s Office has released video of a person of interest wanted in the case of a missing 14-year-old girl. An Amber Alert was issued for Adriana Coronado after her father was found dead near a ditch last week, and the girl is considered to be in danger.
Walker County investigators found the body of Adriana's father, Caesar Vladimir Coronado Mato, on Sunday afternoon. Authorities said he had multiple gunshot wounds and his body was badly burned. Investigators believe the teen may have been kidnapped by her father's killer.
The father's truck was also found burned several miles away in Conroe.
The Walker County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released video of a man seen running from an area along I-45 and Enterprise Row, where the burned vehicle was found. Video shows a Ford F-150 truck driving near the scene, and is possibly connected to the case.
Walker County Sheriff Clint R. McRae said at the press conference that no family members have been contacted for ransom of any kind, and investigators hey are hoping that Adriana will be found safe.
"We at this point don't have any reason to believe that she is not alive," McRae said.
McRae said the father has prior criminal history in both the U.S. and Mexico.
Adriana Cavazos, the mother of the 14-year-old, has been in Mexico recovering from surgery and says she fears for her life and is not returning to the United States anytime soon.
"Yes, in one way or another, I am afraid, I am because if they did this to my family that didn't have anything to do with anything, then how can I not be afraid for my life," she told Channel 2 by phone.
But even in the midst of her fear, Cavazos said she has not given up hope.
"I want thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes for my daughter to come back to me. I still ask for your help and please do not stop praying," she said.
Close friends of the girl gathered Wednesday in front of her apartment to hold a vigil and to pray for her safe return.
“Hopefully, God gives her a path to come out and say something to us,” said Melody Grimaldo.
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