UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled, missing Magnolia girl found safe

Courtesy Click2Houston

MAGNOLIA, Texas -  The Amber Alert for the missing Magnolia girl has been cancelled after she was found safe in South Texas.

Investigators say Elizabeth Rex, 14, was last seen on Monday at her home on Memory Lane when she went outside to play and never returned home.

Police believed Rex was with 51-year-old Randy Johnson, a former acquaintance of the family, who is last known to reside in Harlingen, Texas.

Investigators say Rex and Johnson were found in a trailer park in Harlingen.

Authorities say Rex appeared to be unharmed but was being taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says Johnson was taken into custody for a kidnapping warrant that was issued for the abduction of Elizabeth Rex.

According Rex's family, Johnson lived with the family for about eight months. They recently kicked him out and they believe he took their daughter as revenge.

Rex's parents said she had become fond of Johnson.

The family called a cellphone earlier Tuesday after finding a number written in their daughter's room. When they called the number, Rex answered the phone.

According to the family, when Rex started talking the suspect snatched the phone and told them he was not bringing her back and they would never see them again.

"He turned around and told us that we'd never see her again," said Rex's father, Patrick. "He said, 'Because where we're going and everything like that you gotta (sic) have an ID to cross the checkpoint. Come get me.'"

The family believed Johnson called Rex on Monday and had her meet him outside their trailer park and then picked her up.

The family also was highly concerned because Rex has been diagnosed with a form of autism, a form of down syndrome and bi-polar disorder. She is on medication to handle these and other medical issues.

"I know that she's got 50 million emotions going," said Rex's mother, Jennifer Black. "But to us, it's just important just for us just to bring her home. That's all that we want at this point and time."

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