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SANTA FE – There no longer is a specific potential suspect in the disappearance of a 5-year-old Española girl, a spokesman for the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, as a massive search for the child continued.
Sheriff James Lujan had told a news conference Monday that a man taken into custody Sunday night was being held on three warrants out of Bernalillo County and that “it’s possible” he was a suspect in the disappearance of Renezmae Calzada, who was last seen Sunday morning playing outside her home in central Española.
Authorities didn’t identify the possible suspect Monday. But sheriff’s spokesman Randy Sanches said Tuesday that the man who was arrested – who turned out to be Malcolm Torres, 25, boyfriend of the missing girl’s mother – is not a suspect, and that law enforcement agencies don’t have a suspect in the missing child case.
Law enforcement agencies otherwise provided no new information on the case Tuesday.
“We have absolutely nothing,” Sanches said Tuesday. “We have no starting point.”
Jail and court records show that Torres was booked into the Rio Arriba County jail Sunday night, after Renezmae’s mother, Victoria Maestas, reported her missing, and that he had three outstanding warrants from Albuquerque.
Court records show that warrants for failure to pay fines or costs and failure to keep an appointment with a probation officer were issued on Torres on Aug. 27. A warrant for failure to comply with assessment or treatment was issued Aug. 1.
The warrants are part of proceedings in a DWI case against Torres in Albuquerque. Torres has at least two prior DWI cases and faced a 2018 domestic violence charge that was dismissed in January.
The FBI had announced plans for a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the case, but the event was canceled.
“Only update is we are still looking for this girl, and anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office, 505-753-5555,” FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said.
The search in the Española area for Renezmae continued, with everything from all-terrain vehicles to river rafts in action.
Online Tuesday, local volunteers were organizing new search parties.
One group of volunteer searchers on Facebook organized a search Tuesday along 31 Mile Road, which runs west off of U.S. 285 in north Española through Santa Clara Pueblo. Later in the day, about 30 volunteers could be seen walking and driving through rural areas along the road.
“We are following leads and tips,” says an organizer’s post.”We appreciate everyone. Please keep Mae Mae and our families in your prayers.”
Renezmae was last seen playing in her front yard abut 9:45 a.m. Sunday, in the vicinity of McCurdy Road and Tesuque Lane in central Española.
Her mother reported her missing about 6 p.m. Sunday, and law enforcement agencies issued an Amber Alert hours later, at 10:45 p.m.