News9.com and Associated Press Reports
CARROLLTON, Texas – An Oklahoma City girl who police believe was abducted while visiting the Dallas area was stabbed to death, the Dallas County medical examiner's office said Monday.
Officials said 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez died of a stab wound to the chest. The medical examiner has ruled her death a homicide.
According to the Carrollton Police Department, Gonzalez was last seen at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, at an apartment complex located in the 1300 block of Walnut Street in Carrollton, Texas. Gonzalez and her family live in Oklahoma City and were visiting relatives who live in that apartment complex.
Police said her body was discovered Sunday afternoon near the apartment complex. Police initially thought Gonzalez left the apartment while sleep walking, but they are now saying she was abducted.
According to the police department, 23-year-old Jose Sifuentes has been confirmed as a "person of interest" in the case. Sifuentes has not been arrested but is being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"The person of interest is a family friend," Carollton Police Lieutenant Doug Mitchell said.
According to the CBS affiliate in Dallas, officials said there had been a family gathering Saturday night. Sifuentes and several other people from the party were questioned. Carrollton police have also executed search warrants for two Carrollton homes and three vehicles believed to have ties to Gonzalez's abduction and death.
Mitchell also said he wanted to assure the people of Carrollton that their children are safe.