Missing teen runaways found in Gonzales


Missing Gonzales teens Jordyn Angel Gobar, 14, Mariah Ramos, 14, and Alina Banda, 15, were reunited with their families Tuesday, June 18 — more than a day and a half after they first ran away from home together.

The teens were found around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday at a vacant residence in the 1500 block of College Street and were held in place by other teens until Gonzales police officers could secure the three so they could be returned to their parents.

Two separate groups had offered reward money for information leading to finding Gobar, Ramos and Banda, who first went missing in the early hours of Monday, June 17.

A family member said the three were reportedly spotted behind the HEB in Gonzales at about 9 p.m. Monday, hours after they were first reported missing and posters were put up online and in store windows in Gonzales. The HEB is not far from where they were eventually found.

An online post from Wilma Arizpe — which also included Connie Banda, Ana Medel, Rebecca Ramos and Monica Matamoros — indicated the family was offering an $800 reward for information leading to finding the three teens and that family members had planned to begin searching for the teens at 6 p.m. at Independence Square.

Former Gonzales Mayor Connie Kacir also contacted the Gonzales Police Department and the Gonzales Inquirer to say that a separate $1,000 reward was being offered by her as well for information which helped find Gobar, Ramos and Banda.