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January 26th, 2012
Child feared kidnapped by dad, taken to Mexico


San Marcos police are investigating the disappearance of a two-year-old girl who is believed to be with her father in Mexico.

Sarahi Garcia

Armando Munoz Garcia, 46, picked up his daughter, Sarahi Garcia, for visitation on Jan. 15 from his ex-wife, Monica Sanchez, in the parking lot of the Eternal Rock Church on Texas 123 in San Marcos. Both Sanchez and Armando Garcia are residents of San Marcos.

Sanchez received a phone call from Armando Garcia on Jan. 18 stating he was in Mexico and did not plan to return Sarahi to her mother, according to police Cmdr. Penny Dunn.

Armando Garcia

This is in violation of a child custody order from Caldwell County prohibiting the removal of Sarahi from Texas and hiding the child from her mother, she said.

San Marcos police investigators have been interviewing family members, friends, and co-workers in the search for Garcia and have been in contact with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Federal law enforcement agencies at the U.S./Mexico border have been on alert, but it is believed that Garcia may have crossed the border prior to January 18.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Armando Garcia’s arrest on charges of interference with child custody, a state jail felony, and have entered him in the national Law enforcement database of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Sarahi Garcia has been entered into the NCMEC database as a missing child.

Federal law enforcement agencies are joining the investigation to provide assistance in locating the child, apprehending the suspect, and coordinating with the Mexican government, Dunn said.

Anyone with information on the child’s location is asked to contact Dunn at 512-753-2103 or

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