Kidnapping Capital, USA: Phoenix Teen Kidnapped While Loading Family Car

Phoenix isn't the kidnapping capital of the United States for nothing. We get that wrap because...well...a lot of kidnappings happen in the Valley -- as pointed out in the New Times feature "Seized." Check it out here.

A Phoenix teen is the latest victim of this city's less-than-esteemed reputation.

Last Wednesday, Karla Gabriela Lizzaraga-Sanchez, who police say is either 16 or 17 years old and originally from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, was loading personal items into her family's SUV in front of a house in the 900 block of North 51st Avenue in Phoenix.

Police say shortly after the kidnapping, her family received a call from the abductors asking for ransom money.

The amount is described only as "a large sum of money" but -- as it
often goes when someone's kidnapped -- the abductors said they would
kill the girl if the demand was not met.

The last time the family heard from the abductors was Saturday.

Cops say they believe the girl is likely still being held somewhere.
They say they're pursuing leads and want the public's help in tracking
down whoever kidnapped Lizzaraga-Sanchez.

When asked if the kidnapping was related to human smuggling, Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times "if the parents are involved in something that could put the daughter in harm's way, it's still our job to get her back."  

If you have any information about the location of the girl, or the
identity of the person who took her, call Phoenix Police Crime Stop at
602-262-6151, or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Silent Witness
at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.

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