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Police: Missing W-B Girl Is Safe; Warrant Issued For Man She Was Seen With

September 16, 2018

A 14-year-old Wilkes-Barre girl who was reported as missing and possibly in danger has been located and is safe, according to police. Alex Reyes, the missing girl, was found, unharmed, on Saturday, state police reported in a post to the agency’s Facebook page. Police on Friday night reported that Reyes was missing and possibly endangered, in the company of Reynaldo Mercado, 31. Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Mercado on a felony charge of interference with the custody of children, according to court records. Those records do not indicate that Mercado, of Wilkes-Barre, had been arrested or taken into custody as of this morning. Authorities on Saturday declined to comment on whether there is a connection between the missing person case and the investigation into the death of Fred Boote Jr., who was found stabbed to death in his South Wilkes-Barre home early Friday morning. Investigators searched an apartment at 95 Maffett St. on Friday afternoon in connection with Boote’s death, according to police. Before Reyes was located, she had last been seen with Mercado on Maffett Street at about 2:15 p.m. Friday, according to police. After police reported that Reyes was missing, a member of Boote’s family, in a Facebook post, implored anyone with information to “please help.” Mercado is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 210 pounds, with short black hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information regarding Mercado is asked to contact police immediately, by dialing 911 or calling Wilkes-Barre police at 570-826-8106.

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