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Mother of missing teen Alicia Navarro raises money to put billboards along US-Mexico border

If you have any helpful information about Alicia Navarro, you are asked to call the Glendale Police Department or the Anti-Predator Project.

PHOENIX — The mother of a Glendale teenager who has been missing for nearly a year and a half is planning on putting up billboards of her missing daughter on the U.S.-Mexico border with funds recently donated through GoFundMe.

Similar billboards can be seen right here in the Valley, asking anyone who may have seen the teen, Alicia Navarro, to call the Glendale Police Department or the Anti-Predator Project

Navarro has autism and is highly functioning. She was last seen in September 2019. 

The billboards are the latest effort in a search that involves the Glendale Police Department and private investigators. All of it is spearheaded by Navarro’s mother. 

“I have tried to do whatever I can to get answers of where my daughter is. It’s been a difficult year,” Jessica Nunez said. 

My Daughter went missing on September 15 2019 there has been no trace i have fundraised for a reward and billboard that lasted for 1 month in phoenix az My goal is to put billboards out of state and country I will appreciate any help Mi hija esta desaparecida desde

Her daughter walked out of her parents’ house back in 2019. Late that same evening, she unexpectedly bumped into her mom downstairs. 

“She said, ‘Oh, it’s late.’ So, she ran back upstairs, but I never thought that she was waiting for me to go to bed, because she had a plan,” Nunez said. 

A note she left read -- which is now in the FBI’s custody -- read, “I ran away, I'll be back, I swear. I’m sorry. - Alicia.” 

Her mom says she packed light, taking a small backpack that doubles as a purse, along with her computer and cell phone, but no chargers. At the time, she was just 14 years old.

“According to the evidence,” Nunez said, “I do believe she was lured online."

Navarro loved virtual gaming. Her mom says her otherwise introverted teen took on a different personality while she was playing online.

“My daughter was a really loving and caring person. Everywhere she went, if it was an animal or a person, she cared,” Nunez said. 

While there is no evidence that Navarro is along the border or in Mexico, Nunez says the search is expanding into those areas. 

“I have fear, confusion,” Nunez said. “But I will never lose hope.”

If you have any helpful information, call the Glendale Police Department at (623) 930-3000 or the Anti-Predator Project, who is investigating and managing a $20,000 reward, at (305) 796-4859.

We are a full service investigative agency that takes on any and all types of cases that may be linked to human trafficking. Read More Anti-Predator Project is a privately funded non-profit investigative agency. The support we receive goes directly to rescuing victims. Read More We accept cases linked to human trafficking, child exploitation, or missing children at no cost to the victim's family.

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