Missing 12-year-old Florida girl found safe

Magali Ordonez-Lucas and Omar Castillo-Lopez.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A missing child alert has been canceled for a 12-year-old Jacksonville girl.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Magali Ordonez-Lucas was reported missing on Monday. The alert was canceled around noon Tuesday, but details about her recovery are not known. 

Officials said Magali was befriended by Omar Castillo-Lopez, who is believed to be 24 years old.

Investigators said Castillo-Lopez called Ordonez-Lucas' father Monday morning, and said he was in love with the girl and was leaving with her. 

Know the Difference: Amber Alert vs. Missing Child Alert

This is a missing child alert, which is different from an Amber alert. While both require police to conclude the child’s life is in danger, an Amber Alert is issued when there is a clear indication of an abduction.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there are five requirements to activate an Amber alert:

  • The child must be under 18 years of age.
  • There must be a clear indication of an abduction.
  • The law enforcement agency's preliminary investigation must conclude that the child's life is in danger.
  • There must be a detailed description of child, abductor and/or vehicle to broadcast to the public.
  • The activation must be recommended by the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.

To activate a missing child alert, these four criteria must be met:

  • The child must be under 18 years of age.
  • The law enforcement agency’s preliminary investigation must conclude that the child’s life is in danger.
  • Descriptive information and a photograph of the child must be available.
  • The agency of jurisdiction must approve the issuance of the Missing Child Alert.

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