Tempe police release report on missing teen

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by Stella Inger

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 10:25 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's been more than a month since Tempe teen Adrienne Salinas vanished. 

The events leading up to the moment she disappeared are bizarre. She got into a fight with her boyfriend, wrecked her car, and called a cab for a ride that never happened.

On Wednesday, Tempe police released the police report that goes into detail what happened the night Salinas went missing. 

They also released pictures of her 2002 white Mercury Sable she wrecked with two flat tires. Her car was found on the corner of Brown and Roosevelt after police say she crashed it just a few blocks from her home.

According to the police report, on the night of June 15, Salinas was on her way to meet her boyfriend, Francisco Artega, after the two got into an argument, and she hasn't been seen since.

Salinas and her boyfriend had been arguing earlier in the night. The two were at Salinas' Tempe apartment where there was a party.

Artega says Salinas got upset with him after he was "not paying enough attention to her."  The two left the party and went to Artega's house in Scottsdale where they continued to argue.

Artega then drove Salinas back home, but while stopped at a red light in Tempe, she got out and started walking.

At about 3:20 a.m., Artega called one of Salinas'  roommates so she could meet her.

No one at the house saw Salinas, but she did go to the apartment, changed clothes, and left.

Later that night at about 4:40 a.m., Artega got eleven missed calls from Salinas and a text that said "I'm coming over."  Artega says he has no idea what happened to her.

The last call from Salinas' cell phone reportedly went out to a cab company around 5:05 a.m. saying she needed to be picked up at an AM-PM. The cab driver told police he couldn't find her.

Tempe police won't go into detail about the cab driver. The boyfriend has been ruled out as a suspect. The FBI has joined the search for Salinas, and the reward is up to $10,000.

On Saturday, July 20, the family is holding a vigil at Jaycee Park in Tempe. They're hoping Adrienne Salinas returns home safe.


  
 

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