Police have issued out new details regarding a missing grandmother and granddaughter. The search for the two is still underway, and the family is concerned for their health and safety. Investigators are asking for the public's help.
On Sunday, August 5, 48-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio and her granddaughter, 12-year-old Angie Carolina Rodriguez Rubio were last seen early afternoon getting into Hareton Jamie Rodriguez Sariol's vehicle.
Sariol is a man who had grown an increasing obsession with Elizabeth. According to family, he was a trusted friend, but over time, he became increasingly fixated on her, according to ABC12.
Sariol was reportedly supposed to take Angie and Elizabeth back to their home in Maryland, but they never arrived. The family says that Sariol called to report that he dropped them off at their home, but when the family reached out to the pair, neither Elizabeth or Angie called them back. Police arrived at the home, but nobody was there.
The Harrisonburg Police Department in Virginia is working closely with local officials in Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as authorities at the federal level, such as the FBI and U.S. Marshals.
The grandmother and granddaughter were seen getting into Sariol's 2001 red, two-door Honda Civic on August 5.
Car In Flames
The family grew extremely worried when they saw on the news early the next morning, the vehicle they traveled in was found engulfed in flames. The vehicle was found on Interstate 66 near mile marker 2. Police say that there were no bodies found inside the car.
Sariol was seen driving a 2000 Volvo tractor-trailer on I-81 from Mount Crawford to Harrisonburg where he was later arrested in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Tuesday morning, August 7. His phone was found by the police, but it was destroyed.
It's been over two weeks since the Amber Alert was issued for the grandmother and granddaughter and the Rubio family has decided to speak out. David Barrero, the son of Elizabeth, says that the family is heartbroken and say that "most of us are having nightmares at night."
Family describes Elizabeth as a devout Christian woman who dressed "elegantly." She is a very sweet and kind woman, the family says. Elizabeth came to the United States from Colombia years ago as a refugee and has been an active member of the Harrisonburg community church.
Sariol escaped Cuba under the Castro regime on a makeshift raft in 2006, according to WHSV. He was admitted to the United States as a refugee.
Elizabeth and Angie are still missing. Will you please keep them in your prayers for a safe return?