Law enforcement officials have called off the search for a vehicle in southwestern Clay County related to an Amber Alert issued in the Houston area Tuesday.
The Amber Alert was cancelled at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Houston Regional Amber Plan stated in the cancellation notice that three children, ages 5, 3 and 1, had been located and the suspect taken into custody.
DPS Troopers and Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the FBI focused on an area near Joy in the search for Vickierae Lopez, 26, of Las Vegas, Nev., and her three children based on information from Lopez’s mobile phone provider. The search began at about 9:45 p.m. and continued until approximately 11:30 p.m. in a pasture located between Scaling Road and Fletcher Road.
Officials believed Lopez to be suicidal, and that the children were in imminent danger.
The search ended when Sheppard Air Force Base police and the DPS made contact with a woman fitting Lopez’s description in Wichita Falls.
Police were searching for a white 2010 Volkswagen Routan SUV with Nevada license plates, believed to be driven by Lopez.
The Texas Center for the Missing issued the Amber Alert in the Houston region for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lopez picked up her three children from her mother’s home in northeast Harris County to return to Las Vegas, Nev.
Lopez has been separated from her husband, who is stationed in Las Vegas, for about 1 month. After leaving the Houston area, Lopez sent text messages to her mother saying she was thinking of committing suicide with the children and possibly going to drive off a bridge, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The children are in the custody of Child Protective Services while Lopez undergoes psychological testing.