An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for a 15-year-old girl who was last seen with her mother and a man, who are both suspects in the killing of a man whose body was found in the front seat of a car in Carson.
Alora Benitez was last seen at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Torrance leaving with Maricela Mercado, 40, and Roman Cerratos, 39, in a white, 2013 4-door BMW sedan, with Nevada license plate “MARIMAR,” according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The plate may have been removed and replaced with a paper plate. Their direction of travel was unknown.
According to KCAL9, the teen and her mother lived in an apartment in Redondo Beach, where the woman was seen on Wednesday moving items from the residence. A family car remains parked at the location, Channel 9 reported.
The teen is Hispanic, 5 feet 2 and weighs 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Mercado is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Cerratos is 6-foot-1 and weighs 210 pounds, bald with brown eyes.
They are suspects in the killing of a man found dead Tuesday in the front seat of a white Audi parked in the 400 block of East Carson Plaza Drive. His name was being withheld pending notification of his relatives.
Anyone who spots the girl, her mother or Cerratos or the sedan they are believed to be riding in should call 911 immediately, according to the sheriff’s department, which said the adults should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts was asked to call sheriff’s homicide Detectives Lawler or Blagg at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.