WILMER, Texas (KIAH) – UPDATE: The AMBER Alert has been discontinued for the 10-year-old boy who was reportedly kidnapped by his father and taken to Mexico, and he is back in the United States and being brought back home.
According to FOX 4, investigators said Ian Aguilar was abducted from his home in Wilmer and his mother, Zuleika Lopez, was killed.
An AMBER Alert was issued for Aguilar, with his father, 38-year-old Juan Aguilar-Cano, named as the suspect. Police also said Aguilar-Cano was the suspect in Lopez’s death.
FOX 4 says that on Saturday, police and family confirmed Aguilar has been safely returned to the U.S. and is safe with his family. They are bringing him back home. No further details were released on his return.
Police said Aguilar-Cano has still not been found and they are continuing to search for him.
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As of Friday, November 17, authorities believe ten-year-old Ian Aguilar is with a family member in Mexico, and is no longer with his father.
The Wilmer Police Department believes Ian is okay, although the investigation continues.
This comes after an Amber Alert was issued on Tuesday. As of late Wednesday morning, the suspect vehicle – a tan 2007 Chevy Tahoe – was found unoccupied in the Houston area.
Texas DPS believes Ian was abducted by his father, 38-year-old Juan Aguilar-Cano, who are still being sought. According to FOX 4, the car was found near a Tornado Bus Company in Houston, but he and the boy were not there. Tornado charters rides to Mexico.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday that Aguilar-Cano is a suspect in a homicide investigation in connection with Ian’s disappearance. According to FOX 4 in Dallas, Wilmer Police say there was one victim in the homicide, but did not give any further details.
Ian was last seen around 7:30 a.m. on Oakdale Street in Wilmer, a small town just southeast of Dallas, with a population of under 4,000 people. He is four feet tall, with black hair and brown eyes.
Neighbors say this all comes as a shock, according to FOX 4, and that a relative found the boy’s mother dead inside a mobile home off of Interstate 45 in Wilmer on Tuesday afternoon. No one had heard from her since Friday, November 10.
“It was initially reported as a welfare concern, and after some investigation we found that a homicide had been committed. Immediately, our concern was for the ten-year-old boy and his safety,” said Wilmer Police Chief Victor Kemp.
By the time the police arrived, Aguilar and Aguilar-Cano were gone. Aguilar-Cano’s tan 2007 Chevy Tahoe was also gone.
FOX 4 says police would only confirm the murder victim was a relative who had custody of the child. Neighbors say the mom lived in the mobile home on Oakdale Street, along with the father and son.
Dallas ISD confirmed to FOX 4 that Ian Aguilar is enrolled at Eddie Bernice Johnson STEM Academy in Wilmer.
The family has identified the woman as Zuleika Lopez, who worked for the City of Dallas in the Development Services department for 19 years, according to FOX 4. Lopez’s adult daughter, Zuri Lopez, said she was the one to call police after her mother didn’t show up to work. She was also the one to make the discovery on Tuesday night.
The homicide is the first in Wilmer in at least twelve years. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office is handling the murder investigation since Wilmer PD does not have any homicide detectives.
While Aguilar-Cano has violations on his criminal record, including DWI and evading arrest, FOX 4 could not find any history of violence.
Authorities said they think he might have been abducted by Juan. He is now wanted in connection with Ian’s disappearance. Texas DPS says Juan was last seen driving a tan-colored Chevrolet Tahoe with Texas license plate KVZ-1194. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Law enforcement urges anyone who sees Ian or Juan to immediately call the Wilmer Police Department at 972-441-6565 or to dial 9-1-1. Tips can remain anonymous.
According to FOX 4, a vigil was held on Thursday night for the safe return of Aguilar. Candles were lit in prayer for the ten-year-old and his mother.
The memorial took place outside of the Wilmer mobile home – with many candles, photos and balloons.