Cell phone helps authorities find missing boy

Posted at: 10/29/2013 10:19 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A 10-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert is safe and sound staying with relatives.

Police found James Agnew and his father's fiancé, Rebecca Aguirre, at a home south of Santa Fe late Tuesday afternoon.

Santa Fe Police confirmed to KOB Eyewitness News 4, they "pinged" Aguirre's phone to locate her.

It's a method dramatized in TV cop dramas. A phone puts out GPS data your cell provider can access.     

Often times cell providers will help law enforcement by passing along that information.

That's exactly how they found missing James Agnew on Tuesday.

It was near the intersection of Highways 14 and 599 in Santa Fe County where Santa Fe Police found 10-year-old Agnew with his father's fiancé Rebecca Aguirre.

But so much isn't known about this family.

"We service single women and families," said Kehala Two Bulls.

Two Bulls is the program director at Casa Familia homeless shelter in Santa Fe. That's where Aguirre was last seen on Sunday, with the boy.

"The children who come here are all in a vulnerable position, we want to understand the adults they're being housed with are connected with them biologically," said Two Bulls.

Police confirm the shelter was the last place they were seen Sunday.

We followed the trail to Francis Nava Elementary School where a source in the school's administrative office confirmed Agnew is a 4th grader.

Santa Fe Police say Aguirre often took 10-year-old Agnew, but it's not clear why this time was different, and why the boy's father reported him missing.

We're working to find out just what James Agnew's father told police to make them feel an Amber Alert was necessary.  

For now though, CYFD is involved, but Agnew is with relatives. Police will not say whether Aguirre will be charged, because the investigation into the circumstances is ongoing.