“(CNN) — A body found near Lubbock, Texas, has been identified as that of a baby sitter seen in a motel surveillance video with a longtime family friend charged in the case, authorities said Wednesday.
The medical examiner identified the remains found Monday about seven miles outside of the city as belonging to Elizabeth Ennen, 15. She had been strangled, Capt. Greg Stevens told CNN.
Stevens told reporters that Humberto Salinas Jr., 45, [above]was being held on a $250,000 bond on an aggravated kidnapping charge. Police are talking with the district attorney about taking a murder charge to the grand jury, he said.
Elizabeth was reported missing after baby-sitting at a motel for Salinas, who was a friend of the Ennen family and the father of her boyfriend, police said. The girl did baby-sitting jobs several times for Salinas at the motel, where he lived, police said.”
“Salinas was married and “always presented himself very respectful,” said Huckabee, who described Elizabeth as loving, caring, shy and interested in music.”
Ah yes, “He’s married, so he must be safe.”
“Police have a January 4 surveillance video of Elizabeth being taken from the Carriage House Inn, but they did not know of it when they began their investigation, Stevens told CNN. According to an arrest affidavit, the video shows Salinas holding the teen’s arm and leaving the motel, he said.
“We believe he killed her while he was gone with her,” Stevens said.
Salinas went to Elizabeth’s home and talked with her mother early January 5, police said. He helped her file an initial report, the captain said.
According to that report, Salinas said he brought Elizabeth home from the motel and went back to get her purse. When he showed up at the house, the mother asked about her daughter’s whereabouts. The suspect indicated Elizabeth might have left the neighborhood with his son, believed to be 18 or 19, Stevens said.”
So if police are correct, and Salinas killed her, he even tried to pin the crime on his son.
“He began misdirecting the investigation, leading it in the opposite direction of the truth,” the officer said.
Police initially classified the case as a runaway, but within days learned the son had a solid alibi. They began looking at the elder Salinas, who initially gave another location for the baby-sitting, said Stevens, adding police for much of the investigation believed Elizabeth had disappeared from her home.”
Police say Salinas has a conviction for injury to a child, and that he served twelve years for that crime. The report states that Salinas hit his four-month old daughter repeatedly with a steel box. “When officers asked if he was trying to kill his daughter he stated quote “I don’t know I guess I’m crazy.”
Police say Salinas was also arrested for hitting his current wife and for striking her head against the dash of a vehicle. News reports state that he paid a fine and served one day in jail. His current wife is the mother of the children that Elizabeth was babysitting when she was murdered. There is also strong indication that she was probably raped in the motel.
Parents need to do a background check on anyone their children are going to spend time alone with. Married or not, nice or not, and it doesn’t matter if they are male or female.
Women also need to do a background check on a man before they marry and have children with him.
Elizabeth, may you now be in peace.