RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Rio Rancho Police Chief Michael Geier is appealing to the public to help in the search for 10-year-old Alexandra Greenwall who went missing from her central Rio Rancho home early on Thursday morning.
There is no indication of foul play at this point, he said.
Albuquerque Police, the FBI, State Police, National Guard and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department have joined Rio Rancho officers in the hunt, Geier said during a news conference at Rio Rancho police headquarters on Friday afternoon.
Search teams have combed Rio Rancho on foot, on ATVs and on horseback, and used bloodhounds and a helicopter. They have searched vacant homes, gone door to door and looked in nearby open spaces.
Authorities have received numerous tips and reports of sightings, but still have no idea of her whereabouts.
“I want to make it clear at this point, we really don’t know what happened,” Geier said.
He is asking members of the public to keep their eyes open and to contact Rio Rancho police at 505-891-7226, or their local law enforcement agency, if they believe they have information.
“With this being Halloween, a lot of people will be out and they may see something,” Geier said.
The girl’s mother, stepfather and a previous stepfather, who lives in Madrid, have been cooperating, he said. The girl’s biological father “was not in the picture,” he said.
Police have issued a description of Greenwall and an endangered person alert, and she has been listed in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It is not a formal Amber Alert, Geier said, because they do not believe she was abducted.
The girl’s parents contacted Rio Rancho police shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, saying she had been missing since about 7 a.m. They told police she may have left the home carrying two backpacks. One of the packs was found near her home, he said.
Greenwall is white with blue eyes, freckles and long dark hair. She is 61 pounds and 4 feet, 5 inches tall. She may also be wearing pink shoes.
Earlier, Rio Rancho police spokesman Lt. Paul Rogers had said the search was centered on her neighborhood near Western Hills and Idaho Creek, and the mesa open space north of her school.
The neighborhood search focused primarily on double-checking vacant homes, Rogers said, and re-interviewing people they spoke with yesterday to “drill down into the details” of what people saw and when.
Police initially thought she might have taken the Rail Runner to visit her stepfather in Madrid, but Rogers said Rail Runner staff did not see her. Another search near Cottonwood Mall on Thursday night turned up empty, as well.
The girl’s stepfather has returned to Rio Rancho to help with the search, he said.
Journal staff contributed to this report.