DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The search continues in Dallas on Tuesday for a high school student with special needs who has been missing for nearly a week. Alejandra Gonzalez was last seen on Wednesday, and police are very concerned for her safety.
According to family members, the 18-year-old student has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old girl. “She can’t speak fully. She doesn’t have an extended vocabulary,” said cousin Stephanie Molina. “She tries to communicate by, she’ll point or she’ll make signs to try to make us understand what she’s trying to tell us.”
Gonzalez is a student at Sunset High School, located in the 2100 block of Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff. She was last seen walking around the school at about 1:30 p.m. last Wednesday afternoon. Police said that she left the campus during lunch without supervision.
However, she may have been spotted in the West End area of Dallas at some point over the past few days, particularly at the DART station. Ron Sherwin with the Dallas Police Department’s Youth Services said that the missing teen likes trains and airplanes, and was previously found on a train alone back in 2011. “She was found on a DART train,” Sherwin said, “so we obviously have asked DART police for their help.”
Police are also using downtown cameras to help in the investigation.
“We all know it’s a really cruel world out there,” added Molina. “We don’t know if she has shelter, if she’s eaten anything. We just want to know that she’s okay, that she has been getting some food in her stomach. We just hope that she’s okay.”
Gonzalez has been described as a Latin female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, blue striped basketball shorts and navy blue Nike shoes. Anyone with information about Gonzalez’s location is urged to contact the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-4268, or simply call 911.
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