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Missing Girl May Be in Mexico, Authorities Fear

March 08, 2000

LAGUNA HILLS — Investigators looking for an 11-year-old girl apparently abducted by a 21-year-old man in Laguna Hills said Tuesday they fear the two fled to Mexico.

Guadalupe Hernandez Vasquez and Asael Perez Celis, a San Clemente construction worker, were last seen when a friend of Perez's dropped them in San Isidro at about 11 a.m. Monday.

Perez picked up Hernandez on her way to Lomarena Elementary School in Laguna Hills. The girl apparently went willingly, but authorities are treating the incident as an abduction because of her age.

Perez befriended the girl about a year ago, but her parents had recently become concerned over the attention he was paying to her and had told him to leave the family alone, authorities said.

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