Search for missing teen moves to Denton County




Posted on May 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 9:12 AM

DENTON COUNTY, Texas -- The search for a missing teen with special needs has moved from Dallas to Denton County.

Police are searching for Alejandra Gonzalez. The 18-year-old Sunset High School senior has been missing since last Wednesday, April 23. She left school alone around 1:30 p.m. Her family says she has the mental capacity of a six or seven-year-old.

Thursday morning police were in the area of Chin Chapel Road and Blackjack Road in Copper Canyon after a deputy spotted Gonzalez wandering around on Wednesday.

At the time, the deputy didn't think anything of it. The girl him she was fine and was walking to a nearby house. The deputy later remembered the missing person's report from Dallas, and recognized Alejandra in a photo.

Authorities returned to the area Gonzalez was seen, and her family arrived to help with the search. K-9 teams traced her scent Wednesday but then lost it. The Denton County Sheriff's Office says they will now be going house to house in nearby neighborhoods searching for any information.

Authorities believe Alejandra may have received clothes from someone, because she was last seen wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and jeans -- different from what she was wearing when she disappeared. She was also carrying a blue blanket.

At a vigil Wednesday night, friends and relatives prayed for Gonzalez's safe return.

“I feel abandoned," the girl's mother told News 8 last week. "Words can’t describe how I am feeling.”

Gonzalez is 5'4" and weighs 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to call 911, Dallas police at (214) 671-4243 or the Denton County Sheriff's Office at (940) 349-1600.