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Inside the Investigation of a Rescued Teen Mother
Champaign police are still keeping quiet about most of the details in the Wednesday abduction, and this weekend's rescue, of 19 year old Monica Ramirez.
But they say tips help lead them to Houston, Texas where Ramirez was with her abductor -- and ex-boyfriend -- 25 year old Eduardo Guerro Cortez.
"We were very fortunate that our local media helped us, got the information out and there were some really crucial tips and information that came in in the first couple hours that really moved the case forward," Champaign Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said.
Daniels said officers used those tips to aid in their investigation. By Saturday, he said more tips came in and eventually led the FBI, Houston Authorities and Homeland Security Investigations to Cortez.
"And as a result of that coordination and combined effort, we were able to find Eduardo Guerro Cortez and Monica Ramirez about 2:30 in the morning on Saturday," Daniels said.
Daniels added that both Cortez and Ramirez were found in a Houston residence and soon after, authorities found the 2002 red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck used in the abduction.
He said Ramirez is now safe and no longer under medical evaluation and added officials are thankful she was found.
"We certainly wish it could have been within the first hour, however it could have been much worse," he said.
Currently, Cortez is being held in a Houston jail on a $1 million dollars bond. Daniels said prosecutors, in both states, are deciding which charges to bring forth.
ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.