Amber Alert for Missing Merkel Teen Discontinued


UPDATE: The missing girl was found safe in a Merkel home.


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Police have confirmed a Merkel teen is still missing even though an Amber Alert connected to her disappearance has been discontinued.

The Texas Department of Public Safety initially reported Zoey Limon, 13, was found on Wednesday at 3:41 p.m., but Merkel Police claim she has not been located.

Officer Phillip Conklin says Limon's disappearance no longer meets the criteria for an amber alert, and he told KTAB and KRBC DPS automatically states the child has been found when an amber alert is discontinued.

Three suspects, her biological mother Adryana Limon and two young men, Joe Damian Valdez and Jimmy Wayne McQueen, were identified as possible suspects in connection to her disappearance.

It's unknown if these individuals will be facing any charges. Merkel Police did say these individuals are being cooperative with the investigation.

Limon went missing from her grandmother's house on Yucca Street in Merkel on March 12, 2017. Zoey was seen leaving the residence with her biological mother Adryana Limon.

Adryana was arrested on outstanding warrants in Sweetwater on April 1, 2017, but Zoey was not in her custody.

A press release from the Merkel Police Department states an official order was signed on April 4, 2017, that temporarily took custody away from Adryana and Zoey's father. Adryana posted bail that same day after learning she would no longer have possession of her daughter.

Zoey and two young men, believed to be Valdez and McQueen, were caught on camera picking Adryana up from a detention center in Taylor County after her bail was posted.

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