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Authorities: Amber Alert unnecessary for Texas teen

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Inez Ramirez, 16 (Source: Texas DPS) Inez Ramirez, 16 (Source: Texas DPS)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Authorities in Ellis County, Texas now say an Amber Alert was not necessary for a 16-year-old girl who was initially reported as being abducted and possibly in the ArkLaTex.

the Texas Amber Alert website initially reported Inez Ramirez as being abducted from Red Oak, Texas around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday.  Red Oak is south of the Dallas-Fort Worth and is about 177 miles west of Shreveport. Her alleged abductor is 23-year-old Edgar Barton. Officials said the two may be near the Cass, Marion, Panola or Harrison counties, and that Ramirez "may be in grave or immediate danger."

However, according to Ellis Co. Sgt. Phillip Slaughter, "She's not abducted," says Sgt. Slaughter. "She willingly got into the truck with her boyfriend."  Slaughter says that the report was filed as required, knowing that it did not meet the requirements for an Amber Alert to be issued. Therefore, Slaughter says they did not expect one to go out. Due to a miscommunication, however, the alert did go out.

Sgt. Slaughter says Ramirez has been in contact with a family member, and it is believed she is headed home.

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