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Published on May 08, 2024
Memphis Police Launch City Watch for Missing Teen and Toddler Last Seen Entering VehicleSource: X/Memphis Police Dept

The Memphis Police Department has activated a City Watch alert for a missing teenager and her young toddler, who were seen entering a vehicle with unknown two males late Monday evening. According to Action News 5, 16-year-old Estefania Chavez and 3-year-old Ariel Martinez were last spotted on a Ring camera around the 3400 block of Brookdale Street, stepping into a small four-door, silver sedan.

Details shared by the police reveal that Chavez was clad in a brown Croc shirt, blue jeans, and black sandals at the time of her disappearance. Whereas, no information was available regarding the attire of young Ariel, her toddler. The Memphis Police issued the alert after the two individuals, matching the description of men wearing orange polo shirts, were seen driving away.

Further anguish is noted by Chavez's sister-in-law and legal caretaker, Ashley Gomez, who expressed her fears in an interview with WREG, "All we’ve been able to do is just file a police report and just show them what we have." Gomez also mentioned her apprehension that Chavez and her son might have been taken out of Memphis.

The search for the teenager and her toddler intensifies as law enforcement seeks public assistance in their recovery. Footage from a home security system, captured at 11:17 p.m., shows Chavez holding two zip-up duffle bags, while Ariel is seen carrying a blue blanket, the Memphis Police Department shared this information in a tweet. When asked on a security camera, the neighbor who filmed was waiting with two men beside the small 4-door silver sedan.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Estefania Chavez and Ariel Martine is urged to contact the authorities. The Memphis Police Department's post on X, which includes a picture of the vehicle the two were last seen entering. The police are actively working on the case under the premise that every second is crucial in locating and ensuring the safety of the missing teen and her child.