Broken Down Vehicle In Rock Springs Leads To Discovery Of Missing Idaho Child

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A check on a disabled vehicle south of Rock Springs led the rescue of a missing Idaho child last weekend by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

An “Amber Alert,” was issued Friday after a 10-year-old was abducted from the Idaho Falls area. The suspect vehicle was potentially headed for Pueblo, Colorado, so Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were on alert.

According to WHP reports, on Saturday morning, a trooper was notified of a broken down vehicle in the road on Wyoming Highway 430 south of Rock Springs. The trooper found the car and realized it was similar to the one described in the Amber Alert.

The trooper spoke with the driver, who provided inconsistent and vague responses to questions, including telling the trooper he was alone in the vehicle. The trooper detained the driver and asked if the female suspect from the Amber Alert was also inside the car. The dcriver admitted the woman and child were both in the vehicle.

All occupants were asked to exit, and the child from the Amber Alert was found unharmed. The trooper later discovered small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

The child was released to the Wyoming Department of Family Services.

The driver and passenger were arrested and have been identified as Eugene A. Trujillo and Gabriella A. Rodriguez.

Trujillo has been charged with kidnapping, interference with custody, accessory before the fact, and child endangerment with methamphetamine.

Rodriguez has been charged with kidnapping, interference with custody, child endangerment with methamphetamine, and two counts of third-offense possession of a controlled substance.

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