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Pasadena mother of 6 found safe in Houston hospital, police say

Jennifer Gonzalez, 30, had been missing since June 13 when she told her oldest son she was going to Walmart.

PASADENA, Texas — A Pasadena mother of six missing since June 13 has been found safe. 

Jennifer Gonzalez, 30, was found at a Houston hospital. 

Police said they ruled out foul play after security camera footage showed Gonzalez parking her SUV in downtown Houston. 

They checked nearby hospitals and confirmed she was at St. Joseph's Hospital. 

Police said they'd had dealings with Gonzalez in the past for mental health issues, including about a week before she disappeared when she called them for help.

Earlier report

A Pasadena mother of six has been missing for nine days.

Jennifer Gonzalez, 30, was last seen on June 13 by her 14-year-old son who said she headed to Walmart at about 11 p.m. but never returned. Her family later learned that Walmart had been closed at that time. 

Aura Gonzalez, Jennifer’s mother, said she's tried calling her daughter, but she's been met with silence, which is out of character for Jennifer. 

Her brother, Alex Gonzalez, told KHOU 11 he's distraught.

"I really want to see my sister again. It’s not a good feeling," he said.

On June 16, three days after Jennifer went missing, her SUV was found abandoned in the 1200 block of Jefferson Street in Houston. 

Pasadena police said there were no obvious signs of foul play. 

Aura told us there was a man’s shirt inside the SUV and a pack of cigarettes, which is unusual because Jennifer doesn’t smoke.  

Jennifer’s six children are between 1 to 14-years-old. Aura said they keep asking for their mother.  

“I simply tell them 'I can’t give you an answer right now but we’re doing everything possible so your mom can return home to you,'” she said.  

Alex said Jennifer's partner is struggling to cope with her disappearance.

"He just wants answers too, just like all of us," Alex said.

Aura said she is very worried because she thinks Jennifer would never abandon her children.  

“We love you. We’re waiting for you at home to return soon,” Aura said to her daughter.  

Pasadena police are asking anyone with information about Jennifer's whereabouts to call 713-477-1221. 

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