Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan speaks Monday afternoon at a press conference.
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office Major Randy Sanchez confirmed to the Los Alamos Reporter at 3 p.m. today that a man has been taken into custody on outstanding Bernalillo County warrants and that he is “possibly connected” to an Amber Alert issued late last night for a five-year old girl.
State Police announced early Monday morning that Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Renezmae Calzada, a five-year old Hispanic female, last seen at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of McCurdy Road and Tesuque Lane.
She is four feet tall and weighs approximately 35 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. When last seen she was wearing blue shorts with stars on them a Disney Frozen shirt.
The Albuquerque Division of the FBI held a press conference Monday afternoon. Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan
FBI Special Agent in Charge James Langenberg said in any community, there is no crisis more urgent than that of a missing child. He said the FBI got involved in the investigation within minutes of the Amber Alert going out and that he immediately dispatched scores of agents and staff to Espanola to team up with other law enforcement partners.
“Right now we have a community canvas going on, knocking on every single door in Renezmae’s neighborhood asking for any information, what they saw what they heard in the last 24 hours that might provide us with clues as to her location,” Langenberg said.
He said the FBI has brought in its evidence response team, subject experts from the behavioral analysis unit as well as experts in social media exploitation such as cell phones, videos and computers. Asked anyone with any information no matter how small to come forward.
“The FBI is committed to staying here as long as it takes to find Renezmae. We will follow every single lead. We will leave no stone unturned in order to bring her back home. So whether you’re a relative or a family member or someone in the community, if you have any information that you would like to share with us, we would greatly appreciate it,” he said.
He went on to thank everyone in the community who has stepped forward to assist law enforcement in its endeavors to locate Renezmae. He echoed Sheriff Lujan’s remarks saying law enforcement is laser focused to find Renezmae and every resource is being brought to bear to do so.
In response to questions. Langenburg said it’s not unusual for the FBI to get involved in an Amber Alert situation and that the FBI reached out to the RASO Sunday night to see if they needed assistance.
“It’s what we do in law enforcement. We work together as a team. Since we got on the ground with everyone, we’ve been working as a seamless team the entire day,” he said.
Sheriff Lujan said there are also a lot of the general public who are not law enforcement officers that are coming forward to help RASO. He noted that businesses in Espanola are providing services for law enforcement personnel.
Anyone in the area of McCurdy Road and Tesuque Lane who has any video surveillance in their residences is asked to review it to see if there might be anything helpful on there.
“Anytime a five year old is missing we’re going to assume she is in danger. If she’s not with the family she’s endangered. So she’s missing and endangered” Sheriff Lujan said.
Anyone who has any information concerning Renezmae Calzada should call 505-753-5555.