[UPDATE] Missing Earth, Texas Teenager Found Safe
[Updated July 28, 2015 5:39 p.m.] Joe Jr. Manzanales, the Lamb County teen reported missing last week, has been located.
According to EverythingLubbock, both a Texas Ranger and a Lamb County Sheriff's Office investigator spoke to the teen Tuesday afternoon. Manzanales told them that he was currently working at a ranch in Mexico and would be returning home this weekend.
Information regarding how the teen ended up in Mexico after telling family members that he was in New Mexico has yet to be released.
[Original Story] The family of a missing 14-year-old boy from Lamb County is asking for the public's help in bringing him back home.
Joe Jr. Manzanales was officially reported missing to the Lamb County Sheriff's office on July 23, but was last seen by his family two weeks ago. At the time, Joe was with his friend Omar Reyes, whom his father told KAMC News the family trusted.
Joe is described as 5'7", 170 lbs with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black t-shirt. Joe did get in touch with his family on July 15, letting them know he was doing fine and in New Mexico. However, now the family believes Joe could be held against his will across the border in Janos, Mexico.
In addition to the Lamb County Sheriff's Department, the Texas Rangers have also been brought in to this case. Anyone with information is urged to first call 9-1-1, then reach out to the Lamb County Sheriff's Office at (806) 385-7900.