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Vehicle wanted in Los Angeles-area Amber Alert found abandoned in San Ysidro

Posted: 6:27 PM, Apr 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-19 21:27:14-04
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SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) — A vehicle wanted in connection with an Amber Alert out of Los Angeles was recovered in the South Bay Friday.

San Diego Police found a 2013 white BMW sedan wanted linked to the search for missing 15-year-old Alora Benitez in San Ysidro Friday, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter.

Authorities say Benitez was last seen in Torrance on Wednesday leaving with Maricela Mercado, 40, and Roman Cerratos, 39, in the BMW vehicle.

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Cerratos and Mercado are wanted in the killing of a man who was found dead Tuesday in the front seat of a white Audi in the 400 block of East Carson Plaza Dr., LA deputies say. Both are currently considered armed and dangerous by authorities.

Benitez is Hispanic, 5-feet 2-inches and weighs 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Authorities do not know what she was last wearing.

Mercado is 5-feet 3-inches and weighs 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Cerratos is 6-feet 1-inch and weighs 210 pounds, and is bald with brown eyes.

Anyone who sees Cerratos, Mercado, or Benitez is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 immediately.