Texan, 13, found af­ter trip aboard coal train

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@den­ver­post.com or @JesseAPaul

A 13-year-old Texas girl who went miss­ing last week while va­ca­tion­ing with her fam­ily in Colorado Springs was found safe Mon­day night in a small Texas town 300 miles away shortly af­ter hav­ing taken a trip aboard a coal train.

Adalie Rivera, from Lub­bock, was last seen Fri­day morn­ing at about 6:30 a.m. She and her fam­ily were at the Qual­ity Inn Colorado Springs Air­port ho­tel when she dis­ap­peared.

Lt. Howard Black, a Colorado Springs po­lice spokesman, said the girl some­how ended up on the train in Du­mas, Texas — a pan­han­dle town of about 15,000 peo­ple more than two hours north of Lub­bock — where she was lo­cated by law en­force­ment.

Black said she was un­harmed de­spite hav­ing been miss­ing for nearly four days.

“We’re look­ing at and try­ing to un­der­stand how she got from Colorado Springs to Du­mas,” he said Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “We’re just do­ing due dili­gence.”

Adalie told in­ves­ti­ga­tors she made her way to a coal train in the Colorado Springs area, which she boarded and trav­eled on un­til she got to Du­mas. There aren’t train tracks close to the Colorado Springs ho­tel where the fam­ily was stay­ing, al­though coal trains travel south along track that’s a few miles away to the south and west.

The teen got off the train, Colorado Springs po­lice say, af­ter “run­ning out of Skit­tles” and be­com­ing hun­gry. A lo­cal farmer in Du­mas found the coal dust­cov­ered girl and called law en­force­ment in Moore County, Texas.

The Moore County Sher­iff’s Of­fice took cus­tody of her un­til fam­ily mem­bers came.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors, Black said, are try­ing to de­ter­mine whether Adalie ran away or some­thing crim­i­nal was in­volved with her dis­ap­pear­ance. Po­lice say, at this point in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, there is no rea­son to be­lieve Adalie’s dis­ap­pear­ance was crim­i­nal.

Texas au­thor­i­ties re­ferred ques­tions to Colorado Springs po­lice.

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