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Police investigate Amber Alert tip in Corning

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:08:34 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 06 2013 11:15:12 PM CST

 Elizabeth Romero age 14 and Eduardo Flores-Rosalas age 19


CORNING, Calif. -

Police are investigating a tip that a missing girl from Washington State was spotted in the Northstate. 

Authorities issued an Amber Alert Thursday afternoon for 14-year-old Elizabeth Romero, and her alleged captor, 19-year-old Eduardo Flores-Rosalas.

They are from Kennewick, Washington and may be headed to Mexico.

A salesman at Corning Ford in Tehama County told KRCR News Channel 7 he is 100% certain the pair tried to buy a car from him Thursday afternoon.

The salesman did not want to go on camera, but said the young man and woman came in around 3:30 p.m. with $7,000 in cash.

They said they wanted to buy a car immediately.

The man provided an instructional driving permit from the state of Washington.

But when he couldn’t provide a valid license, and information on his application didn’t check out, the salesman told them he could not sell them a car and they reportedly drove off in a blue or green F-150 pickup truck.

The salesman at Corning Ford told his wife about the man from Washington State, and she told him about the Amber Alert.  When he saw the photos of the missing girl and the man, he called Corning Police. 

They notified the CHP.  A patrol unit checked the area but failed to find the vehicle or the young man and woman.

KRCR News Channel 7 provided the information and photo from Corning to police in Kennewick, Washington.  They said this is an excellent tip and they are following up.

The suspect and the man who visited Corning Ford are similar in height and weight, standing about 5’9”, weighing about 225 pounds. The young woman who visited the car dealer had braces on her teeth, just like the missing girl.

If you have information about the pair, call 911.