The heat did not stop Lorrie Cantu Wednesday from going door-to-door at apartments in Southeast Austin. Her three daughters are missing.
They include 16-month-old Mariana Lynn Pinales and two-year-old Jasmine Marie Pinales. Their older sister, 14-year-old Kendra Nicole Lee, is suspected of taking them.
“I don’t even know if I’m coming or going,” Cantu said. “I just need to find my children.”
The missing children were last seen Friday at their home on Windy Hill Road in Kyle. Cantu says she left for work that afternoon, and when she returned that night, her daughters were gone.
Missing, too, was Cantu’s pickup. Cantu said her oldest daughter had a history of running away, and likely drove off in it.
Austin police discovered the truck on Saturday at Burton and Valley Hill Drives in Southeast Austin with an empty gas tank. The family has friends nearby.
On Wednesday Cantu returned there to resume her search. She said neighbors told her they saw her oldest daughter as recently as Monday, but not her youngest ones.
“I keep coming back to this spot hoping somebody will give me some kind of a clue,” Cantu said.
She said her teen daughter is bipolar and off her medication. She may answer to the name “Alejandra Rodriguez.”
Cantu is concerned that if she is not found soon, she may try to take the children to Mexico. None of the children has ever been there, however Cantu said her eldest daughter has had a fascination with going.