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Amber Alert canceled in Nevada; teen girl still missing

Missing California girl could be in car with NV plates
Posted at 11:33 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 23:12:03-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — UPDATE 5:42 P.M.: The Nevada Highway Patrol has announced the Amber Alert has been canceled in Nevada but continues to be an active alert.

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 15-year-old California girl who was last seen with two murder suspects in the city of Torrance.

On April 16, a man was found dead in a white Audi in the city of Carson. 40-year-old Maricela Mercado and 39-year-old Roman Cerratos have been identified as suspects.

Alora Benitez was seen leaving with the suspects in a white 2013 BMW on April 17. The 4-door car had the Nevada license plate "MARIMAR" at the time. However, the plate may have been removed and replaced with a paper plate.

The teenager is the daughter of Mercado. It is not known where the couple may be headed. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

According to a records check, it appears that Mercado lived in Las Vegas as late as 2017.

If you have any information, please call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at 323-890-5550.