The search continues for a disabled Texas boy as law enforcement authorities say his family has left the country.
Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez, 6, of Everman, Texas, was reported missing from his home Saturday morning, according to KHOU-TV. Everman is near Fort Worth, Texas.
While he was reported missing on Saturday, law enforcement authorities say the boy has not been seen by family members since November.
An AMBER alert was issued after he was reported missing early Saturday, but the alert was discontinued later in the day. According to the Everman Police Department, an Endangered Missing Alert was issued instead.
The alert was changed after authorities discovered that the boy’s mother, stepfather and his siblings had fled to Istanbul, Turkey, on a Turkish airlines flight on Thursday.
The boy is described as having black hair and brown eyes. Everman police said he has several physical and developmental challenges.
In a press conference, police said the investigation began after Texas Child Protective Investigations reached out to the department for a welfare check on Noel. His mother, Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, had told police earlier that the boy was with his father in Mexico.
According to investigators, not only did the boy’s father not have him, he has said he had never met the child.
Police have filed charges against Rodriguez-Singh for false reports regarding a missing child or person.
Investigators believe that Rodriguez-Singh, her husband and six children -- ages 7, 8, 9 and 11 years old, plus 5-month-old twins – left on a Turkish Airlines plane headed to Istanbul, Turkey.
Noel was not listed as a passenger on the flight, according to KHOU.
“We currently do not have any physical evidence on Noel’s status as a missing person,” police said. “What we do know is that we have a 6-year-old disabled boy...that is missing and that the mother is not willing to cooperate...to ensure the child is safe.”
The family’s car was found abandoned at DFW Airport over the weekend, according to KWTX.