January 30, 2013 – TUSCON, AZ —
Investigators believe one man is the common link in two missing-girl cases.
11-month-old Estella Lovemore went missing this past Sunday, and 2-year-old Caroline Oddo has been missing since November, 2012.
Luis Palacio is officially considered a suspect in one of the cases and a person of interest in the other. Palacio is the biological father of Oddo. He’s also the boyfriend of Lovemore’s mother, Danielle Lovemore.
The Tucson Police Department issued a felony arrest warrant in Palacio’s name accusing him of custodial interference in Oddo’s case. Meanwhile, Marana police consider Palacio a person of interest in the Lovemore disappearance.
Estella went missing Sunday when her mother reportedly took her from a birthday party at Gymnastics World in Marana. Richter Lewis, Estella’s father, said Child Protective Services told him that Estella had been abducted.
“They said my daughter had been abducted by Danielle, and that’s pretty much all I heard about it from them,” Lewis said.
“I didn’t even have a Facebook account until last night, and I’m doing this just to find Ella. My main concern is trying to find my daughter and get her back home.”
Oddo’s mother, Anna Oddo, described Palacio as a violent man who hurt her and embarrassed her on several occasions.
She said she never witnessed Palacio hurting their daughter, but feels he is capable of doing so based on what he’s done to her.
Police say Estella Lovemore has already suffered a broken elbow and multiple bumps and bruises. Police did not determine how she was injured, but CPS removed her from her home.
Police say her mother’s reported abduction of her Sunday only placed her in harm’s way.
Marana Police Sgt. Jose Alvarez says, “Right now we don’t know where she’s at and we’re concerned for her safety. So until we find out further and know that she’s safe, we’re going to call her a missing and endangered person to give her heightened awareness.”
It is not entirely clear that Palacio and Lovemore are together, but police saw the couple together in November when Estella suffered her broken elbow, and Marana police say Lovemore is five months pregnant with Palacio’s child.
A reward up to $1,000 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest in each unsolved case.
If you have any information regarding this case please contact: Arizona CrimeStoppers 520-882-7463 (88-CRIME) (If you have information on a possible sighting, contact your local authorities asap.)
Source: Tuscon News Now
Photo of Danielle Lovemore shows what she would look like with dark hair and sunglasses. This picture was taken from her Facebook page — Many of her public photos are from 2009 however, there is a couple of photos which were posted several months ago. Her profile is for the most part, private. However, she listed herself as a “Babysitter for Jennifer” and has a picture of two young girls as her cover-photo. She also lists under ‘places lived’ both Tuscon, Arizona and Oracle, AZ.