- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 14 (UPI) — A second Amber Alert remained in effect in California late Friday as motorists were asked to be on the lookout for a San Francisco Bay Area girl who was possibly being spirited off to Mexico with a family friend.

Mariela Garcia, 12, East Richmond, failed to arrive at school on Tuesday and was believed to have been enticed away by a family friend driving a brown 1980 Datsun with the California license number 4XQT184.

"The suspect is believed to frequent the North Richmond and Daly City areas," the CHP said in an advisory Friday. "The suspect may now be in the Los Angeles or San Diego area, and possibly in Mexico."

Mariela wears glasses and is described as 5 feet tall and weighing 140 pounds. Despite the description of 44-year-old suspect Marcelino Santos Benites' car being displayed on highway message boards, there was no sign of him as of Friday evening.

The Amber Alert for Mariela was the second kidnapping alert active in California. Police were still looking for a pickup truck believed driven by an ex-convict who allegedly headed west after taking 14-year-old Lindsey Ryan from her home in Jones, Mich.

Police believe Lindsey went willingly with 56-year-old Terry Drake in a pickup with two different Indiana license plates. It is believed that Drake is armed. The pair was seen north of Sacramento and in the Bay Area in recent days and remained at large.

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