Mother, daughter who were kidnapped in Corpus Christi found safe, suspect in custody, police say

Police still searching for alleged accomplice Rodrick Garcia, 26

Jezabel, 18, (right) and Zaylee Zamora, 1, (middle), who were kidnapped in Corpus Christi, have been found safe, police said. Kristian Ariel Garcia, 24, (left) is in police custody, officers said. (KSAT)

CORPUS CHRISTI – A mother and her 1-year-old daughter who police say were kidnapped in Corpus Christi this week have been located.

The Corpus Christi Police Department on Thursday morning said that Jezabel, 18, and Zaylee Zamora are safe.

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The suspect wanted in their abduction, Kristian Ariel Garcia, 24, is in police custody, officers said.

An alleged accomplice who worked alongside Garcia is currently at large. Police said Rodrick Garcia, 26, is wanted on a charge of kidnapping and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Corpus Christi police are searching for 26-year-old Rodrick Garcia in connection with a kidnapping. Image: Corpus Christi Police (KSAT)

Rodrick Garcia is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds, has dark brown hair, and has brown eyes. He may or may not have facial hair, police said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rodrick Garcia is asked to contact CCPD at 911. Tips can also be submitted online here.

Details about where the mother and daughter were found are unknown at this time.

Police said Kristian Garcia went to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Jezabel Zamora, and forced her and the toddler to leave with him on Tuesday.

The 2007 Cadillac Escalade that they were last seen in was found on Wednesday.

Officials initially said their disappearance posed a “credible threat to their own health and safety.”

AMBER and CLEAR alerts for the Zamoras have since been discontinued.

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