Jovana Hill, 13, was last seen leaving her home at the Sahama Village Mobile Home Park in Saturday, April 26 around 11:30 p.m.
Although Jovana is only 13 there has not been too much information circulating about her and there definitely has been no Amber Alert.
The police said, “We are looking for her and encourage the public to contact us or CrimeStoppers with any information regarding her whereabouts,” he said. “Any information that someone has, may seem insignificant to them, but may very well be the piece of the puzzle that is missing that we need to find Jovana.”
Authorities believe she could be with Everado Ramirez, 24. Ramirez has outstanding warrants in Tuscaloosa County for second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy., reports Tuscaloosa News
. Ramirez knows the family through a babysitter, as explained on the Where’s Jovana Hill Facebook page.
My thought is they do believe that she is with this man, who is obviously a bad dude, why isn’t there an Amber Alert?
Does this case fall through the cracks again because of the criteria that qualifies it as an Amber Alert?
If so, this should be another example of why we need another Alert for these types of cases. Give it a name and fix the criteria so it can be released for cases like Jovana’s that doesn’t fit the customary Amber Alert Criteria.
I am extremely concerned for this child’s safety, and I do believe that the police should be doing more and should be more assertive with getting her face and the face of the man that she is believe to be with, out there and on the television.
Jovana, a seventh-grader, is enrolled in advanced classes at Southview Middle School and plays the viola in the school’s symphony orchestra.
“She won the all-expenses-paid trip at school because she had such excellent grades, excellent behavior and is a role model,” her mother said.
The family has raised $3,000 reward for any information leading to her whereabouts or return.
Laura Hill said her daughter was wearing pajama shorts and no shoes and her wallet had $82 inside that she was saving for her shopping trip the next, for her school trip to Washington DC.