Concern for Missing Teenager

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Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenage female.

Sherly Elizabeth Morales Caniz, age 16, who was last known to reside on Gum Street, was recently reported as missing.  Friends reported that Caniz was last seen on August 8 but that she has been in contact with her mother in Guatemala since that time. Investigators believe that Caniz may be in the company of 21-year-old Ribaldo Lopez. Lopez may also go by the name of Lusvin Lopez Perez.  Detectives have reason to believe that Caniz and Lopez may be in the Alexandria, Virginia, area.

Caniz is approximately 5-feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown eyes and dark hair.  

Police and family are concerned for Caniz’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sherly Elizabeth Morales Caniz is asked to call the detectives at 704-866-6939. Callers may remain anonymous.


Sherly Elizabeth Morales Caniz

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Media Contact:

Rick Goodale

Public Information Specialist

City of Gastonia

(980) 522-0100

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