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Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell speaks with press about the latest on kidnapping investigation. (Jimmy Isaac) Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell speaks with press about the latest on kidnapping investigation. (Jimmy Isaac)

MOUNT PLEASANT (KYTX) - The family of kidnapped victim Ruby Zavala provided the Mount Pleasant Police Department with a verbal family statement requesting we release the statement to the press.

We would like to thank the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Investigators, Sheriff's office and surrounding police officers that made it possible to find our daughter and the media for helping us find her.
We would also like to thank all the families that prayed for her and for also having patience and not questioning us.
We're also thankful to Titus County. Everyone worked as one team, one family and I prayed that God helps them. I'm deeply happy that everyone moved quickly. We would like this to be a guide for every parent that has children. God bless everyone. Good job and congratulations, Thank you.

Santiago & Maria Zavala




Mount Pleasant Police Department:


UPDATE: MOUNT PLEASANT (KYTX) - On Monday May 6th, 2013 at approximately 3 p.m. a little over 24 hours after the kidnapping of a fourteen year old girl in Mount Pleasant, the suspect and victim were found. Around noon today workers at the Luminate mines spotted a male and female walking on the railroad tracks on the mine property. This location is about 1 mile from the location of the wrecked stolen vehicle used during the kidnapping which was found on County Road 2500, about 8 miles west of Mount Pleasant.

Titus County Sheriff Tim Ingram's Office received the call and immediately set up a perimeter of the area with regional resources. After the area was locked down search teams walked through the woods looking for the suspect and victim. During the search both were found deep in the woods.
Suspect Jesus Ramirez was taken into custody without incident. Victim Ruby Zavala was transported to Titus County Regional Medical Center for severe dehydration and other non life threatening injuries.
This is an ongoing investigation and only limited information will be released related about this investigation, said Chief Wayne Isbell. We are grateful for all the support from all the law enforcement agencies who worked to resolve this kidnapping. Resources by Titus County Sheriff's Office, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Titus County Constables, Titus County Fresh Water District Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation Officials worked tirelessly to resolve this kidnapping.

We are also thankful for the safe recovery of Ruby Zavala. The family has been notified and is very excited to know their daughter is safe. Although this has been a very trying 24 hours, we still have a lot of work to do.


UPDATE: MOUNT PLEASANT (KYTX) - Mount Pleasant Police Department confirms that the missing 14-year-old has been found safe. The kidnapping suspect has been taken into custody.


KYTX CBS 19 will have more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: MOUNT PLEASANT (KYTX) - Titus County Sheriff's Department are searching the area where the suspect in the kidnapping of three people on Sunday vehicle was found. Deputies are on County Road 2500 north of Farm Market 127.

According to Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell, they are searching the area to find a man and woman who workers with Luminant at the coal mine west of Mount Pleasant reportedly saw walking along the railroad tracks.

Authorities have blocked off CR 2500 from FM 127 to Interstate 30.

KYTX CBS 19 has a crew on the scene and will bring more updates as they become available.






MOUNT PLEASANT (KYTX) - On Sunday May 5th, 2013 at approximately 1:00 PM a kidnapping of three people occurred at Saint Michaels Catholic Church located at 1403 E. First Street in Mount Pleasant Texas.

The mother and two children were taken by knife point by a known suspect from the parking lot at the church and driven to a county residence where the mother and one child were released. The suspect kept a 14 year old victim Ruby Zavala.

The kidnapped victim is:

Ruby Zavala

Hispanic Female

14 Years of Age (Date of Birth 8-31-1998)



Black Hair

Brown Eyes

Wearing a white top, blue jeans, tan shoes

Suspect: *** Armed and Dangerous / Mentally Ill***

Is known to have an obsession with the victim

Jesus Ramires

Hispanic Male

22 Years of Age (Date of Birth 11-30-1989)



Black Hair

Brown Eyes

Unk clothing, wearing a black ball cap

The suspect vehicle was recovered wrecked at 4:45 PM on County Road 2500 between the town of Winfield and Lake Monticello West of Mount Pleasant in Titus County.

Mount Pleasant Police, Titus County Sheriff's Office and DPS officials are currently searching the area where the suspect vehicle was found.


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