A 17-year-old Moreno Valley girl who did not return home from summer school may have been kidnapped, a sheriff’s sergeant said today.
Norma Lopez was reported missing by her younger sister around 12:25 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Joe Borja of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Witnesses reported that a newer model green, SUV-type vehicle was seen speeding from the area, and detectives believe Lopez may have been taken against her will, Borja said.
The 17-year-old attended a summer class between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at Valley View High School, a little over a mile away from her home, according to Borja.
Lopez had planned to meet her younger sister and a friend around 10 a.m. at her residence in the 27300 block of Cottonwood Avenue, near Moreno Beach Drive, but the teen never arrived, he said.
Family members said it was common for Lopez and other students to walk south on Nason Street until Dracaea Avenue and then take a shortcut, which leads south through a dirt field to reach Cottonwood Avenue, the sergeant said.
Deputies checked local retail outlets and hillsides around the Cottonwood Avenue address to try to locate the girl. An air search turned up no clues.
Norma is about 5 feet 7 inches and 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black and white horizontal stripe, sleeveless shirt and black “skinny” jeans, according to the sheriff’s department.
A police hot line for this case has been established: (877) 242-4345.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept. Dispatch Center: (951) 776-1099.
Moreno Valley Police Dept.: (951) 247-8700