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July 22nd, 2014
Update: Missing teen found hanging out with 18-year-old man

Cassidy Jae Castro


3:02 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 22: San Marcos investigators have found 15-year-old Cassidy Jae Castro “safe and sound” after she disappeared from her home in San Marcos overnight.
Police are interviewing an 18-year old male she was with when she was found; police credited media reports for assisting in locating the teenager.

Officials will say more about the circumstances of Castro’s disappearance when they know more, city spokesperson Trey Hatt said in a written statement.


11:24 a.m. TUESDAY, JULY 22: San Marcos police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager, 15-year-old Cassidy Jae Castro, who was last seen in the 100 block of Autumn Cove in San Marcos about 3:45 a.m. Monday. Police are concerned about the possibility of foul play.

Castro is described as 5-feet, 3-inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes, and 115 pounds. Her parents last spoke with her around 3 a.m. on Monday, July 21, said Cmdr. Kelly Earnest, who leads the police department’s Criminal Investigations division.

“It is uncharacteristic of Castro to have left under these circumstances and for her not to contact family or friends,” Earnest said. “She did not have a cell phone with her and her family and friends have been on social media searching for her.”

The teen had been using the apps Snapshot, Instagram and Twitter before her disappearance. A cousin reported that she had asked to be picked up in a Snapshot message that was received after 2:30 a.m. She told her cousin that someone was coming to get her.

The girl’s last contact with friends occurred about 4:30 a.m. Monday and since then, no additional information has been received. Interviews with the teenager’s friends have not produced any additional information.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the San Marcos police non-emergency number at 512-753-2108. Tips may also be reported to the city’s Citizen Observer program as well as to Hays County Crime Stoppers at 512-353-TIPS.

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8 thoughts on “Update: Missing teen found hanging out with 18-year-old man

  1. Best wishes for the family and hopes and prayers for the safe return of this little girl.

    I have to wonder though – what on Earth was a 15 year old doing out at 3 AM? Never in a million years would I have been allowed to be out that late at that age.

  2. It never said she was out at 3am, it says she was last seen at her house at that time. People are always so quick to assume things!

  3. If I were a parent I’d be concerned. But otherwise, this doesnt seem extreme. A 15yr old was gone one evening with an 18yr old? Does this warrant press coverage? A sophomore and senior in high school went missing together?

  4. Anonymous: I don’t think I’m reaching to make assumptions about anything. To make your argument right back at you, the article also doesn’t say she was home that night – it says her parents last talked to her at 3 AM. It also says where she was last seen, but not that it was her home. The implications are clear.

    Rick: Seriously? She sent a text (using snapchat, which is one of the ones that automatically deletes itself after being read…what’s she hiding?) asking for someone to “pick her up” at 2:30 AM, then went off the grid for 24 hours, only to be found with an 18 year old dude, and it’s “no big deal”?

    In the first place, I reiterate that a 15 year old has no business being out and about at that time of night with anyone. In the second place, she ESPECIALLY has no business running around with an 18 year old guy overnight, unsupervised.

    I’m glad she’s safe…..but her parents clearly need to put her straight.

  5. We know nothing about this situation. Lets not jump to conclusions about anyone involved. Intentions could have been bad. Intentions could have been good. We have no way of knowing.

    A young girl disappearing is always a concerning situation. Issuing a press release to find her was appropriate and it’s good she was found unharmed. But I have a feeling thats the extent of this news story. I’m sure the people involved in this would prefer privacy at this point.

  6. Dano: I know for fact that it is her home that’s why I said it. & the comment about her parents setting her straight is hilarious, I will assume you have no children, or never rebelled against your parents authority which is so easy to do, you can not lock a child up, & there is always ways to get around a parents rules!

  7. We will all be supporting another child having a child in 9 months! Its the San Marcos Way ! Don’t you know !

  8. I disagree. A child, properly raised, will feel no need to rebel. I never did and I know lots of others who didn’t either. This type of behavior is not “normal”, it’s not “acceptable”, and as jmo eloquently pointed out, it could have life long consequences for both of the kids involved (isn’t 18 hooking up with 15 illegal anyway?).

    As far as judging intentions…..until someone can provide a good and wholesome reason why a teenager would sneak out of their house at 4 in the morning and run away with an older boy (going incommunicado for a day in the process), I’ll continue to play the percentages…..

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