July 23, 2005
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office requests a statewide activation of the Nevada AMBER Alert for an eight year old girl who was abducted from her home in Fernley. The girl was last seen at 5:30 am when her mother went to work at a local supermarket. Fernando Aguerro, who had been renting a room from the girl’s mother, took the child. He also took her clothes, his clothing, the child’s identification papers and pictures, and the mother’s identification papers. Authorities believe he left the area around midmorning, but the mother did not report her child missing until 11:30 on that night. The mother admitted that Aguerro had been paying a significant amount of attention to her daughter and that they had argued about that and his interest in returning to San Diego. Aguerro was a convicted sex offender who was not registered in Lyon County. Although Lyon County, through Nevada Highway Patrol, requested activation of the AMBER Alert in California, the CHP activation was apparently not made until the afternoon of Sunday, July 24. In the meantime, authorities tracked Aguerro to Tijuana, Mexico, through phone calls he made to relatives in Las Vegas and San Diego, but authorities were unable to locate him there. Given the evidence of his presence in Mexico, Lyon County investigators deactivated the AMBER Alert in Nevada on July 26, but kept it in effect in California in case Aguerro crossed back into California. On Friday, July 29, Lyon County Sheriff’s investigators confirmed that Aguerro had been taken into custody in Ensenada. Mexican officials worked with US authorities to return the child to her family. Aguerro remains in custody in Tijuana while the Lyon County District Attorney’s office begins extradition proceedings to return him to Fernley where he will face kidnapping charges.