ITASCA, Texas (KWTX) – The Itasca Police Department is asking the public for help locating Lori Johnson, 15, a teenager who ran away from home this past week.
The Texas Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert for Johnson Tuesday evening.
Police said the Johnson was last known to be with Joanna Barrientos, 18, a woman with felony warrants for robbery and other pending charges.
“Lori is in danger as Barrientos has a propensity for violence, a history of running from police and now has active felony warrants,” police said in a Facebook post.
According to an update on the Itasca’s Police Department Facebook page Johnson and Barrientos are believed to be dating.
“Investigators have located a vehicle and identified and interviewed a driver who took the two girls to a train station in Ft. Worth. We are investigating with officials what train the girls boarded and it’s possible destinations,” Itasca Police Department said.
“The driver was a concerned passerby who was given false information by the suspect and did not want the girls to get an Uber/Lyft but instead gave them a courtesy ride to their destination. It is possible there was a birth in the Barrientos family and they were possibly traveling to stay with someone who had recently given birth.”
Anyone with information about Johnson’s or Barrientos’ whereabouts, regarding traveling by train or a who they may be staying with, specifically someone who has recently given birth, is asked to call police immediately 254-687-2020.
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