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May 25th, 2011
Updated: Pinales children found in Austin

UPDATED 10 p.m. MAY 26: The missing Pinales children were found dirty but in good health, police say, at a location near Rundberg Lane and Interstate 35 in Austin. Their older sister, 14-year-old Kendra Lee, is charged with two counts of kidnapping.

Jasmine Pinales, two and half years old, and Marianna Pinales, 16 months old, had been missing since Friday evening. In a release issued this evening, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said cooperation of the Austin Police Department, Texas Rangers and U.S. Marshal’s Office helped locate the three.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office declined to release details about their whereabouts because the pending investigation.

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by JOSEPH FENITY

FROM THE HAYS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for three missing children. The last known location of the children was at their home, 2710 Windy Hill Rd, in Kyle on May 20, 2011 at 430pm. Their mother, Lorrie Cantu 36 YOA, left that Friday morning for work and returned home that evening at 1130pm. She found their White Chevy Truck missing from the driveway and all three of the children missing.

The oldest of the three girls who was babysitting is:

Kendra Nicole Lee AKA Alejandra Rodriguez

14 YOA, Black Female, 5’5”, 125lbs

Brown eyes Brown hair

Last seen wearing White tank top and Blue skirt

Lee

A warrant has been issued for Kendra for Kidnapping at this time for taking her two younger sisters.

Mariana Lynn Pinales

1 YOA, Hispanic Female, 2’5”, 30lbs

Brown eyes and Black hair

Last seen wearing Pink faded onsie and a diaper

and pink diamond earrings

Pinales girls


Jasmine Marie Pinales

2 YOA, Hispanic Female, 2’5”, 40lbs

Brown eyes and Black Hair

Last seen wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt with a heart on the front of the shirt and pull ups

Kendra does have a mental illness that she is not currently taking medication for and we believe the children are in danger. Kendra also has history of running away and the mother immediately began checking known residences in the Austin area for her children. The father was notified and they began a joint search. The mother’s brother in-law spotted the vehicle in Austin on Saturday and the mother went to a location off of Burton Road in Austin. The Austin Police Department was notified and a report was filed with their agency for the recovered vehicle and the children were entered as runaways by the Austin Police Department. The mother filed a report with Hays County late Saturday afternoon.

After a second interview with the mother this afternoon by Hays County detectives determined that an Amber Alert needed to be activated in order to locate the children.

We are asking any citizen who has seen Kendra, Mariana, or Jasmine to call 911 immediately.

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