Missing teen may be in Virginia with 21-year-old man, police say

Gastonia police are asking for the public's help finding a missing 16-year-old girl who may be in Virginia with a 21-year-old man.

GASTONIA, N.C. — Gastonia police said a missing 16-year-old girl may be in Virginia with a 21-year-old man.

According to police, Sherly Elizabeth Morales Caniz was recently reported missing. Friends reported that she was last seen on Aug. 8 but that she has been in contact with her mother in Guatemala since that time.

Investigators believe that Caniz may be in the Alexandria, Virginia, area with 21-year-old Ribaldo Lopez. Lopez may also go by the name of Lusvin Lopez Perez.

Caniz is described as 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.

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