Amber Alert: 13-year-old Pablo Rivera abducted from Provo

Pablo Rivera, 13, from Provo, Utah, abducted April 25, 2014. | Photo courtesy of Provo Police Department - telephone 801-852-6210, St. George News

UPDATE:  The Provo Police Department has canceled this alert. See story here: Amber Alert for Pablo Rivera canceled

UTAH – An Amber Alert has been issued for 13-year-old Pablo Rivera, reported as being abducted from his home in Provo, Friday night, by his noncustodial father, Juan Rivera Casillas, 42. The boy is believed to be traveling with his father and grandfather in a white 4-door Chevrolet sedan, and may be in California headed toward the San Ysidro, Mexico, border.

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call the Provo Police Department: Telephone 801-852-6210 | Or call 911

 

Friday at 9:16 p.m. Provo Police Department’s dispatch received a call from Pablo Rivera’s mother, Maria Hernandez, Provo Police Lt. Matt Siufanua said. The mother had returned home at 8 p.m. after being away at an activity all day, assuming her son was home, he said, but when she got home she discovered her son missing.

“She looked around and found a note from Pablo saying that he was going to live with his father in Guadalajara, Mexico,” Siufanua said. “The father has no custody rights, and the reason they moved up here (Provo) was because he was abusive.”

Siufanua said that Juan Rivera Casillas did this about five years ago when he took his and Maria Hernandez’s daughter. The mother has not seen her daughter since. No charges were filed at that time because there was no custody arrangement with the courts yet, he said, so they couldn’t file the daughter’s abduction as a kidnapping.

“We tried to ping the phone last night, at 10 p.m. and we actually pinged it at Barstow, Calif.,” Siufanua said. “We know they’re traveling south, probably on I-15, they’re probably going to go through the San Ysidro border. We’ve been in contact with the Border Patrol and the (California Highway Patrol) putting out Amber Alerts.”

According to the Amber Alert Web page posted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, after the child’s cellphone was pinged at 10:32 p.m. Friday near the “Barstow Freeway” in California, the cellphone is now turned off.

Juan Rivera Casillas, 42, noncustodial parent suspected of abducting Pablo Rivera, 13, from Provo, Utah, April 25, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Provo Police Department, St. George News
Juan Rivera Casillas, 42, noncustodial parent suspected of abducting Pablo Rivera, 13, from Provo, Utah, April 25, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Provo Police Department, St. George News

Suspect description

  • Name:  Juan Rivera Casillas (may use a middle name Enrique)
  • Age: 42
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown

Suspect vehicle description

  • White four-door Chevrolet sedan
  • Mexico license plate – TYB1590
Pablo Rivera, 13, (right) with mother, Maria Hernandez, Provo, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Provo Police Department, St. George News
Pablo Rivera, 13, (right) with mother, Maria Hernandez, Provo, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Provo Police Department, St. George News

Description of missing child

  • Name: Pablo Rivera
  • Age: 13
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inches
  • Weight: 100 pounds
  • Description – Wearing a light colored sweater

Anyone who sees Pablo Rivera, the suspect or the vehicle described is asked to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information that may pertain to this matter in any way is asked to call the Provo Police Department at telephone 801-852-6210

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