August 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Elizabeth Rodriguez, 16, of Spring Valley has been missing since August 11. The San Diego Sheriff’s office is treating the case as a runaway, according to Detective Ward at the Lemon Grove Sheriff substation. However her parents have posted flyers asking the public to help locate their daughter, who was last seen Friday, August 11 in Lakeside at 12:45 a.m.
When last seen, she was wearing “a black blouse with a big red heart on it, blue skiny jeans and red Converse tennis shoes,” said Detective Ward. Elizabeth has brown eyes and black hair with highlights. “There is no indication of foul play,” he added.
If you see Elizabeth Rodriguez, please call the Sheriff’s dispatch at (858)565-5200 and refer to case#11139269 or call 911. Detective Ward indicated it’s important to call those numbers, not his desk number previously published in numerous media accounts. He indicated that a possible sighting of the missing girl came in at midnight on his desk number when no one was there to answer it. “We could have picked her up two days ago if we’d had the right number out to the public,” he told ECM.
At any given time, the Sheriff’s office has “a couple hundred kids” reported as runaways. Ward said that in about 80% of cases, the parents call within a few days to say their child has returned, and in most other instances the child is eventually picked up by a law enforcement officer in the field.