Photo: Wyoming Highway Patrol

JACKSON, Wyo. — A broken-down vehicle lead law enforcement to find an abducted child from a recent Amber Alert.

On December 11, 2020, around 10:14 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol was notified of an Amber Alert. The Amber Alert was issued after a 10-year-old child was abducted from the area of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Law enforcement was told the suspect vehicle involved in the incident was possibly headed towards Pueblo, Colorado.

On December 12, 2020, around 7:08 a.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) trooper was notified of a broken down vehicle in the road around milepost 32 on Wyoming 430 south of Rock Springs, Wyoming. The trooper located the vehicle and realized it was similar to the one described in the Amber Alert. The trooper spoke with the driver and received inconsistent and vague responses, while the driver initially told the trooper he was alone in the vehicle. The trooper then detained the driver and again inquired if the female suspect from the Amber Alert was inside the car. The driver admitted the female and the juvenile were both in the vehicle. All occupants were asked to exit, and the juvenile from the Amber Alert was found unharmed.

The trooper later discovered misdemeanor amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine inside the vehicle. The child was released to the Wyoming Department of Family Services.

The driver and passenger were arrested and have been identified as Eugene A. Trujillo and Gabriella A. Rodriguez. Trujillo has been charged with kidnapping, interference with custody, accessory before the fact, and child endangerment with methamphetamine. Rodriguez has been charged with kidnapping, interference with custody, child endangerment with methamphetamine, and two counts of third-offense possession of a controlled substance.

The incident is still under investigation.

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.