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Friday
Sep162011

Robbie Romero Case DNA Results: Teen Is Not Missing Boy

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- The teenager claiming to be Robbie Romero is not the missing boy, after all, according to DNA results released Friday.

Nineteen-year-old Robert Terrezas' DNA did not match with Romero, who disappeared in June 2000 at age 7, police said.

Terrezas met with Romero's mother, Evelyn, and his brother Ricky earlier this week, and told to police that he was Robbie.

Evelyn and Ricky Romero remained unsure whether the teen was the little boy who went missing while walking home from a friend's house one summer afternoon.

The police have said that Romero's disappearance is still an open case, though his older brother, Ronnie Romero, was the only person of interest in the case and died in 2008. Investigators classified the disappearance as a missing persons case and a homicide, but a body was never found.

Evelyn Romero told ABC News earlier Friday that she was being cautious about raising her hopes that Robert Terrezas was her missing son.

On Wednesday, police learned that Terrezas was claiming he was Robbie Romero.

Terrezas made the eerie claim to Ricky Romero and told him he goes by Robbie's name, according to ABC affiliate KOAT.

Ricky Romero brought Terrezas to the Romeros' home, where he met with Robbie's mother, Evelyn Romero. She then notified the police.

The police took a swab of saliva from Terrezas for DNA testing on Wednesday night, according to Santa Fe detective Lt. Luis Carlos.

Evelyn Romero said the wait for the DNA test results was trying.

"It is [hard], especially for Robbie's brothers and sisters, who have a lot of anxiety just not knowing," she said.

Yolanda Almendariz, Terrezas' mother, told a local news station that the teen was not Robbie Romero, and was born in Mexico and moved with Almendariz to Utah years ago.

"This is my son, this is my son," said Almendariz, who showed local news station KOB childhood photos of the boy. "Friends call my son Robert Romero because they have the same face."

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Friday
Sep162011

Robbie Romero's Mom Does Not Rule Out Teen Could Be Her Son

File photo. Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- Robbie Romero's mother and brother have met with the teen claiming to be their long-lost family member and are unsure whether it's him.

Robbie Romero was seven when he disappeared in June 2000 while walking home from a friend's house. The case was treated as a missing persons case and a homicide case, though a body was never found.

On Wednesday, police learned that a man name Robert Terrezas was claiming he was Robbie Romero.

Terrezas made the eery claim to Robbie's brother Ricky and told him he goes by Robbie's name.

Ricky brought Robbie to the Romeros home where he met with Robbie's mother, Evelyn Romero. She then notified the police.

The police took a swab of saliva from Terrezas for DNA testing on Wednesday night and expect those results to come back within a few days, according to Santa Fe detective Lt. Luis Carlos.

Evelyn Romero said the she is unsure whether the teen is her long-lost son, and that waiting for the DNA test results to confirm it has been trying.

Evelyn Romero is also not dissuaded by the argument by Yolanda Almendariz, Terrezas' mother, that the teen was born in Mexico and moved with Almendariz to Utah years ago.

"This is my son, this is my son," said Almendariz, who showed local news station KOB childhood photos of the boy. "Friends call my son Robert Romero because they have the same face."

Evelyn Romero, however, isn't ruling out that Terrezas isn't her long lost son.

"I was noticing, the news media approached her yesterday and she showed videos of a young child," which Almendariz said was Terrezas as a child.

"I don't think the videos were of Robert (Terrezas), they must have been of her older son," said Evelyn Romero. "That child was dark complexioned. (Terrezas) doesn't think he looks like his siblings. He's very light complexioned."

Evelyn Romero said that when she met with Robert, he told her that his mother had no photos of him from when he was young, saying she left them all in Mexico when they moved.

Evelyn Romero added, "Well, you know, either way, if it is him, if it's not him, of course the mother is going to say that's her son."

The mother says waiting for the DNA results is an ordeal.

Romero said she has been telling her family to remain calm while they await the results, which police expect to come back within a few days.

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Thursday
Sep152011

Robbie Romero: Teen Claims to Be Missing Santa Fe Boy

Robbie Romero was last seen on his way to a friend's home in the Bellemah area of Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 7, 2000. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- A teenager has told police in Santa Fe, N.M., that he is Robbie Romero, a boy who vanished more than 10 years ago at the age of seven.

Police spoke with the 18-year-old Wednesday night following a confidential phone call alerting them that someone was claiming to be Romero, according to detective Lt. Luis Carlos.

The teen told police he was indeed Robbie Romero and agreed to give a swab of his saliva for DNA testing.

Robbie Romero disappeared in June of 2000 as he was walking home from a friend's house. The case was treated as a missing person case and a homicide case, though a body was never found.

Police said that the man they spoke with Wednesday told them certain details that were significant before deciding he didn't want to talk anymore and walking away.

Carlos said that police do have some identification documents that match the man they spoke with, though Carlos would not say if those documents identify him as Robbie Romero.

"I'm going to have to remain stoic on that because I don't want to give the family a sense of hope or not. We can't speculate. We are cops and we have to know the facts first," Carlos said.

ABC News affililate KOAT reports that the man told police had been living in a neighboring state but had been in Santa Fe for years. He has not been questioned about who took him, according to the report.

Police contacted the mother of the missing boy, Evelyn Romero, and told her of the events. Carlos said she was reserved and did not want to get her hopes up at the news. Police have also heard reports that the man has met with Evelyn Romero, who was unsure whether or not it was her son.

Police are monitoring the current whereabouts of the man in case the DNA test comes back positive, in which case they will consider the case closed. The DNA testing was sent to multiple labs in Santa Fe to expedite the typically month-long testing process, police said.

Romero's older brother, Ronnie, was long held as a person of interest in the case, though he was never charged. He died of a heroin overdose in prison on unrelated charges in 2009.

In addition to Ronnie Romero's death, Robbie's father Rudy has also died since Robbie disappeared. Evelyn Romero has publicly criticized the Santa Fe police department for their mishandling of the case and their accusations of Ronnie.

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