Missing 12-year-old girl has been found safe


The FDL has issued an update to the missing child warning for a 12-year-old girl in Fort Myers. The girl was found.

Edilsy Roca, 12, has been missing since 10 p.m. Monday and was last seen in the 1400s of the Gardenia Ave neighborhood. That’s when she left her foster home. She was located just after 7pm on Tuesday.

Detectives believe Edilsy may be staying with her mother, Emily Medina, and her mother’s boyfriend, Fabio Miguel Costa Araujo, in Lehigh Acres. They said she could be in danger if she was with her mother.

In most cases, when a missing child is found, that is the end of the story. But this time, the search for a missing person has turned into a criminal investigation.

WINK News spoke to a foster parent who was only planning to watch Edilsy for one night while she was away from home.

“She got angry and left. She’s talking on the phone, my phone. So I came to take it from her. And she left it right here. And she said, ‘I want to leave,’ she said. “She said, ‘Okay, I’ll go. I said, ‘I will lock my door’. She said, ‘lock it up, ’cause I’m gone’. That was the last time I saw it.”

Fort Myers police did not say whether the girl was found in the company of her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. They also did not reveal why the two men threatened the girl.

However, the two shaved adults were arrested more than a dozen times between the two of them on various charges.

The adoptive father only hopes that the young girl is safe and moves forward. “Yes, I hope she’s okay.”

FMPD says that to date, no arrests have been made in the criminal investigation.

WINK News is the agency for Breaking News and will update you on arrests and charges as soon as we learn more.


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