UPDATE: 11/27/15 – Nelly Espinoza was found at a strip mall in Tijuana on Friday following an international search for her. Her grandfather brought her to the border to be picked up by the authorities.
UPDATE: 11/25/15 – According to SDPD Lt. Hastings, Nelly has called her family and said she was in northern Mexico with a relative and if someone came to look for her she would flee, reports San Diego 6 news.
UPDATE: A flier shows another girl is missing. Janneth Mendoza, 16, is on the same poster as Nelly Espinoza. It stated they were last seen in San Diego and are believed to be in Tijuana.
Original Story: Nelly Tamara Espinoza, 12, went missing from the Grant Hill area of San Diego on Nov. 13, 2015.
Yesterday, the body of Ana Hernandez, 14, from Grant Hill was found deceased wrapped in a blanket in a canyon behind an apartment complex on 29th and Market streets. She had been shot and beaten. Ana and Nelly were friends and lived in that same neighborhood, and both disappeared at the same time. It is not known if they went missing together.
Maria Velasco is hoping that her daughter is alive.
“She is a good girl, I don’t know why she left. We never had any discussions or fights or anything. She didn’t even leave a note or anything,” Velasco told NBC San Diego News.
Anna’s aunt told NBC San Diego that the family knew she had been kidnapped, but no one asked for a ransom.
In Grant Hill mourners have created a memorial for Ana with lit candles and put up signs reading “Rest in Peace.” If you have any information about this case or the whereabouts of Nelly please call the police are leave an anonymous tip here.