SEAGOVILLE, Texas (KETK) – Two East Texas girls that were reported missing out of Seagoville were found safe in Plano.
Our affiliate NBC DFW confirmed with Plano police that 16-year-old Devany Betancourt of Frankston and 17-year-old Marina Nelson of Bullard were found safe after an Amber Alert was issued for them.
It is still unclear as of this writing what the two were doing in Seagoville, but authorities believed they were abducted.
A direct family member contacted KETK News and said that Nelson lives in the Bullard area and that they tried to file a missing person report with the Seagoville Police Department Sunday night, but the department reportedly refused to take it.
A law enforcement source working the case confirmed to KETK that Nelson is from Bullard and that they are currently working to see why Seagoville allegedly refused the missing person report, only to issue an Amber Alert hours later.
The source said it was not clear how or why the two were in Seagoville, which is a town southeast of Dallas with roughly 16,000 people. Law enforcement officials issued the Amber Alert because they believed the girls were in grave or immediate danger.
Betancourt was last seen wearing a gold and pink shirt, jeans, brown boots, a gold chain with a bull, and two gold rings. She is 5’2″ with black hair and brown eyes.
Nelson was last seen wearing an orange shirt, a gray sweatshirt, and shorts. She is 5’9″ with green eyes and brown hair.
Before the girls were found unharmed Monday, Betancourt’s mother pleaded for the safe return of her daughter on Facebook.
“To the people who took my daughter, please return her,” Lolis Betancourt said in Spanish. “Please return my daughter. I am stressed and all that I ask is that she please be returned.”
This is a developing story. KETK News will update this as more information becomes available.