Car belonging to family of missing Everman child found at DFW airport
A car belonging to the family of a missing Texas boy with severe developmental and physical disabilities has been found abandoned at DFW Airport. CBS Texas’ Olivia Leach and Alexis Wainwright report.
Authorities said they upgraded an Amber Alert to an Endangered Missing Person Alert for six-year-old Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez of Everman in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb Saturday night.
“I want to be very clear that we currently have no physical evidence regarding Noel’s status as a missing person. All I know is that we have a six-year-old disabled boy (who) cannot be accounted for.” Everman Police Chief Craig Spencer said.
Everman police said they learned Saturday night that Noel’s mother, Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, her stepfather and Rodriguez-Singh’s six other children had boarded an international flight.
“Last night at approximately 9 p.m., we learned that the mother, stepfather and siblings all left the country on March 23 on a Turkish Airways flight to Istanbul,” Spencer said.
Noel was not listed as a passenger on the flight.
Child Protective Investigations (CPI) asked Everman police Thursday evening to check on Noel’s welfare at the family’s home, Spencer said.
Cindy Rodriguez-Sing told police Noel was with her biological father in Mexico. But CPI found that not to be true. Family members also told CPI that they had not seen Noel since November.
“It appeared to the CPI investigator that the mother was deliberately avoiding authorities,” Spencer said.
“(CPI) informed us that they tried to contact the child’s mother and learned that she had picked up the children from school and had not returned to school that day. That’s when the concern started,” Spencer revealed.
He said in a press conference on Sunday that the CPI had taken earlier investigations and action against Cindy Rodriguez-Singh.
Police have an arrest warrant for him for filing a false missing person report.
What’s more, “(Noel) needs to be on oxygen at certain times and we don’t know if he’s getting it,” Spencer said.
Everman police are working with the Texas Rangers and the FBI on the case.
“We have a six-year-old disabled boy who is unaccounted for, missing, and the mother is unwilling to cooperate with investigators to make sure the child is safe, and we’re desperately asking for the public’s help,” Spencer told reporters.
“This is one of the strangest cases I’ve ever worked on,” Spencer observed. “The mother has custody of the child. Our only goal here is to try to make sure the child is OK.”
Police said they were not sure if Turkey was the family’s final destination. Noel’s stepfather is an American immigrant from India, they said.
CBS Texas spoke with a homeowner who said Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, her husband and children lived in a house behind her house on her property.
Jeremiah Childers works at a gas station down the street from the family’s home and lives two doors down from them. He said Noel’s mother was a regular customer here.
“I saw the child they were looking for,” Childers said. “You wouldn’t think there was anything really wrong with the situation before I saw him and the kids outside.”
Police are desperately seeking the public’s help in finding Noel.
“To know that I was so close to something like that, I feel a little bad, I feel like I could have done more to help,” Childers said.