Search for Missing San Benito Siblings Continues

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The search continues for two San Benito children. Police have classified this as a welfare concern.
It’s the first of it’s kind for this department.

On March 27, 2017 the San Benito Police Department began the search for 2 children.
They are looking for 11-year-old Alondra Rosales Sanchez and her Brother 15-year-old Brandon Rosales Sanchez.

Someone made a tip to Child Protective Services fearing the kids may be abused at home. The family never went to the agreed upon CPS meeting. That’s when police got involved.

San Benito Police Chief Michael Galvan, “As soon as the allegation is made and then they leave, it arouses our suspicion that there might be some validity to these claims.”

What’s unique to the case is that the children are not reported missing by family. Because the biological mother is believed to be with the children, it does not qualify as an amber alert.

Chief Michael Galvan, “We’re the ones reporting them missing because we need to finish that investigation.”

In the event these children try to register for school in another city, local school districts have a plan. They’ll contact the local authorities who will then contact their equivalents, to either bring them back or let them deal with this case.

Dr. Vega San Benito CISD Superintendent, “Sometimes families pick up and leave, in those cases it’s a case by case situation.”

What happens to the child’s records?

“Well obviously we have the child’s records. We’ll have them until they are requested.”

The two missing children are part of an ongoing investigation. Not much information on these students could be shared with us. I spoke with Dr. Vega, to explain their protocol.

In a particular case where you have to contact the parents and there is no one to contact what do you do?

Dr. Vega, “If a student has been absent more than 2 or 3 days, we send someone to the house.

What if in a particular case the house is just empty? It was abandoned, they just left it. What do you guys do?

Dr. Vega, “Well we check with authorities to see if anything is going on.”  

Right now, the 2 missing children from San Benito are believed to in Mexico with relatives. San Benito PD is reaching out to international agencies.

Chief Michael Galvan, “We’re making all attempts necessary to try to locate the 2 children, the mom and the boyfriend.”

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