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Old 05-03-2010, 02:43 PM
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TX - Alexandria Lowitzer, Chasity Armstrong, +?, Houston area, April 2010 - Related?

I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on a possible relationship between the cases of several young women of approximately the same age group and general description missing from the Houston area fairly recently?

We have the case of Alexandria Lowitzer in Spring TX (see http://www.lrcf.net/missing/1551/1551.html) -- missing 04/26/10, Chasity Armstrong in Katy TX (see http://www.lrcf.net/missing/1550/1550.html) -- missing approx. 10 days before Alexandria (at just about the same hour of day), Maya Madey in Bellaire TX (see http://www.lrcf.net/missing/1535/1535.html) -- missing 02/05/10 --

And those are just from so far in 2010...

If one looks 1-3 years back, one can find: Mary Garza in Houston (http://www.lrcf.net/missing/1497/1497.html), Nereyda Rodriguez in Houston (http://www.lrcf.net/missing/1509/1509.html) and Yessenia Zamora in Pasadena (http://www.lrcf.net/missing/1268/1268.html).

The locations are all in the Greater Houston area and all within 90-degrees of Hwy. 59 which (eventually) leads to Nuevo Laredo at the Mexican border.

Even you discount some or all of the last 3 or 4 girls (at least one of whom was known to be in the company of a "boyfriend" at the time of their disappearance), this still leaves at least 2 girls (Alexandria and Chasity) who disappeared within days of each other at approximately the same hour of day.

Thoughts/additional info, anyone?
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:52 PM
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sounds like if they are related the person is either working and the time has to do with when they're off of work or if they're living with someone when that person is working. giving them certain times that the person can do the kidnapping.
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Nereyda and Yessenia look to be more likely to have been lured into trafficking if they didn't just run off with a boyfriend the family didn't approve of. Maya seems to be with a boyfriend as well.

Here's more on Alexandria:
http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/20...18lowitzer.txt
she's listed as a runaway with the Sheriff's office, but we all know how that goes...not much else to go on though...

Nothing out there on Chastity really other than her designation as 'endangered runaway', which from looking at the texas missing boards seems to be a default designation for teens, so that doesn't seem to mean anything...her mom posted about her on the Missing 911 facebook site here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/MISSIN...1/286670205051

Really with the Houston area's history of serial killers and unusual murders, not to mention nasty gangs, nothing would surprise me, but without more info it's impossible to say, and it doesn't look like LE is interested in doing much more than listing these girls on the relevant sites...sigh...

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:08 AM
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Thank-you very much for your comments and interest, athy and SV...

I was aware that the Sheriff's Dept. had taken Alexandria off of the Amber Alert system a day or two ago but had not, as yet, come by the info that they had reclassified her disappearance to "endangered runaway"; however, I agree with you completely, SV, that this classification seems to be a "default" for them.

As I was saying to another friend interested in the case just yesterday, knowing the sometimes hard-nosed stance that some law enforcement departments can take on matters, one wonders what the criteria for it might be as far as they are concerned, i.e., a simple case of "teenage angst" displayed in the past might, then, qualify as could any known previously exhibited behavior such as staying too long at a friend's house without notifying parents, etc., and what teenager has never done that to some degree?

In Alexandria's case, I find it somewhat difficult to believe that a young girl with the practicality and sense of responsibility that it takes in these troubled economic times to obtain and maintain an after-school job would not, at some point in the last week or so, let her family or friends know that she is okay. The two behaviors are not usually found in concert with each other.

Thank-you for providing the links.
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This is why I love living in a (relatively) smaller, quieter community - LE has a lot less missing persons reports to deal with (along with other serious crimes), so they have time to actually listen to what the family thinks and check into it, instead of just looking for whatever flags and making a gut call as fast as possible, as seems to be SOP in larger, busier jurisdictions. In a lot of ways I can't really blame them though, as just looking through the missing persons lists for areas like Houston can get overwhelming...
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I saw when I googled her name (Alexandria) that Laura Recovery is there searching, yesterday and today...so that is good news...
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I saw when I googled her name (Alexandria) that Laura Recovery is there searching, yesterday and today...so that is good news...
Indeed it is, they are very good.
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:14 PM
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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...e/6989928.html

a recovery center case manager says that some of the activites the girl was involved in throw up some red flags and LE said the case is being treated as a runaway...yet the activites listed in this article are softball, a friend's birthday party, playing the flute, singing in the choir and working at a hamburger joint. So if there is something ominious, why don't they say what it is in case someone knows something? This makes no sense at all...
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chastity went to my daughter's school....i hate to see girls missing especially when my own is 17 herself.
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:51 PM
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April 16th - Friday, 3:00pm - Chasity Armstrong disappears
2nd name ? Chrisy Konvica Armstrong?? Are these two the same person?

April 26th - Monday, 3:00pm, Alexandria Lowitzer disappears

Both girls disappear at 3:00pm? Were they in school? A couple of the Links don't work for me not sure of specifics circumstances. TIA

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our schools let out at 2:30.....just fyi
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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...e/6989928.html

a recovery center case manager says that some of the activites the girl was involved in throw up some red flags and LE said the case is being treated as a runaway...yet the activites listed in this article are softball, a friend's birthday party, playing the flute, singing in the choir and working at a hamburger joint. So if there is something ominious, why don't they say what it is in case someone knows something? This makes no sense at all...
The red flags are that her activities are those of a teen who would be very unlikely to just run off and not have any contact with anyone - teens who have a job and are active in after school activities, as well as ones who have made specific plans that they then miss, are not likely to be runaways, and if they are active on social sites and that activity suddenly stops, that is another red flag...and are all things that are often ignored by LE.

IMO, the officer that took the initial report, as is often the case, had no training on what flags to look for when taking a MP report and just did the automatic 'she's a teen so she's a runaway' call - unfortunately initial reports are usually taken by run of the mill officers with a lack of training in MPs (detectives are too few and far between usually to do it themselves and have to rely on the initial reports to triage cases) and assumptions made in that initial report can send an investigation (or lack of one) in entirely the wrong direction, and then it is very hard for a family to get LE to admit that they dropped the ball without hard proof. It is an unfortunate fact that there is just not enough funding to give officers the full range of training they really need (MPs, human trafficking, rape sensitivity etc), especially with most of the training money being sucked up by the drug war.

I really think that instead of focusing on policy changes with regards to MP, groups should be working on finding a way to make sure that your run of the mill street cops that usually take initial reports are properly trained on missing persons red flags, how to talk to families properly (and respectfully!), etc just like they are trained on how to handle a potential crime scene.

All JMO as per usual.

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i read the article to say that her activities raised reg flags...that coincided with being a runaway...but did not see any myself...unless again, poor reporting...
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i read the article to say that her activities raised reg flags...that coincided with being a runaway...but did not see any myself...unless again, poor reporting...
No, it was just poorly written - it was saying that the Laura people saw red flags (as listed) indicating that she is not a runaway, and is thus more likely to have been abducted or otherwise endangered, but LE doesn't see it that way and has listed her as a runaway, essentially washing their hands of her. I swear sometimes that they hire middle-school students to edit these articles - when I wrote for my school newspaper they had higher standards than the professional media seems to have anymore, IMO.

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I WAS a "runaway" at the age of 15 and I can tell you that one of the last things I did before I ran away was get all my money together and draw my savings out of the bank. Ali (Alexandria) left her paycheck at work and hasn't been back to get it. Even more telling than that, she left her cellphone charger at home -- and this from a girl who texted something like 4,000 messages per month...

There is also the matter of the "Alice in Wonderland" themed 16th birthday party for one of her best friends that Ali helped organize and didn't show up for along with the fact that she missed the tournament game that her softball team had been gearing up for.

I agree completely with you Skewed. The initial report was mis-handled which probably gave whoever took Ali plenty of time to dally along the way. Nothing here says "runaway" but it virtually screams "ABDUCTION!" in capital letters...
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Oh! I forgot to list the new links to media I have. One of them is the same newspaper report listed above but there are a couple of new videos:

(Oh, and BTW, the Laura Recovery search efforts found nothing.)

http://www.khou.com/news/neighborhoo...-92877164.html

http://www.39online.com/news/local/k...,2927773.story

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news...sing-teen-girl

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/6989928.html
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Oh! I forgot to list the new links to media I have. One of them is the same newspaper report listed above but there are a couple of new videos:

(Oh, and BTW, the Laura Recovery search efforts found nothing.)

http://www.khou.com/news/neighborhoo...-92877164.html

http://www.39online.com/news/local/k...,2927773.story

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news...sing-teen-girl

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/6989928.html


That third article has a comment that I hope gets looked into, about a girl getting assaulted while trying to pick up a paycheck from the same employer...

I hope the fact that the media is being dismissive of the runaway designation starts to humiliate LE into changing that and starting a real investigation of their own...it's awfully hard for a family and volunteers to do something like this without LE's full support.
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I WAS a "runaway" at the age of 15 and I can tell you that one of the last things I did before I ran away was get all my money together and draw my savings out of the bank. Ali (Alexandria) left her paycheck at work and hasn't been back to get it. Even more telling than that, she left her cellphone charger at home -- and this from a girl who texted something like 4,000 messages per month...

There is also the matter of the "Alice in Wonderland" themed 16th birthday party for one of her best friends that Ali helped organize and didn't show up for along with the fact that she missed the tournament game that her softball team had been gearing up for.

I agree completely with you Skewed. The initial report was mis-handled which probably gave whoever took Ali plenty of time to dally along the way. Nothing here says "runaway" but it virtually screams "ABDUCTION!" in capital letters...
Yeah, I ran when I was that age too, it was pretty obvious I was a runner, as I took all my books, cds and stereo with me - shows what the priorities of a typical teen are doesn't it!

I hate when LE drops the ball and won't admit it until a body turns up or (unfortunately rarely) the victim escapes from being held or whatever.


ETA: It looks like she has a nose ring in one of the pics - I wonder if that was what made the responding officer make that horrid call...it wouldn't be unusual if that were the case unfortunately.

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These young girls need to stay on the front page of this thread...
I do not believe either one ran away-
it sounds as though Alexandria had plenty going on in her live...not enough out there about Chasity to know. My nieces live and go to school in Spring and Spring is all about its schools and teens...I can't believe these disappearances are not major news. My niece, who is 17, has not heard of either one.
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alexandria still missing...
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Investigators are waiting to hear from eye witnesses who might have clues to suggest foul play.

Wow, now doesn't that just just inspire confidence.
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Another girl has gone missing in the Houston area.

Missing: 15 yo Allyssa Suarez, Cypress, Texas. Please distribute flyers: http://www.LRCF.net/missing PDF: http://bit.ly/dnE25G
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This is the facebook page that Ali's family and friends have set up for her:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...1346429&ref=ts

FYI...I have lived in Spring all of my life....I graduated from Spring High School, I have a daughter who graduated from there in 2008 and a son who currently attends. This is frightening, this poor girl did NOT run away. I live less than than three miles from where you was last seen. Her father is very active on facebook...I think I am going to send him a message and invite him here to Websleuths...they really could use our help in keeping her name in the media since law enforcement is currently treating this as a runaway case. I know we can help them...

And to hear two other girls are missing is very concerning...these families need our help.
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Okay, I sent a facebook message to Ali's dad inviting him to come here. I think they could really really really use our help keeping her, and the other missing girl's, names out in the media.

We need to keep this thread bumped up to the top...three girls of similar age missing from suburban Houston neighborhoods within the past 25 days...girls within does anyone think a change to the thread title might garner these girls some more attention on here?
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Missing Person's flyer for Ali Lowitzer

You can print a flyer from the website for the Laura Recovery center. If you live in the Houston area, please print it and post in your office and anywhere else you frequent. Please help Ali's family get the word and her picture out everywhere. Thanks!

http://www.lrcf.net/missing/1551/index.html

PS...not disregarding the other missing girls, I'm going to get caught up on their cases now
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