FDLE issues Missing Child Alert for young siblings last seen in Fort Myers

Published: June 22, 2022 6:39 AM EDT
Updated: June 22, 2022 10:13 PM EDT

A Missing Child Alert has been issued Wednesday morning for a pair of young siblings last seen in Fort Myers.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2-month-old Genesis Barrios and 2-year-old Yazmin Barrios were last seen in the 1800 block of Maravilla Avenue.

Genesis was last seen wearing a long-sleeve blue onesie, Yazmin a two-piece pink top and bottom with silver stars. Genesis has a pink blanket with her.

The children may be in the company of Evelin Sanchez-Rojas, 25, and Inmer Barrios, 35. They are reported to be traveling in a 2013 gray Dodge Dart, FL TAG number QFGB59.

Sanchez and Barrios are the parents of the missing kids.

Fort Myers police said they got the call about the missing children at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Neighbor Lillian Martinez said, “It wasn’t midnight yet, yeah, and I came around and I saw the officer parked there and he was out of the car. I guess he was trying to find out or get information from someone.”

Neighbor Ili Ferrand said, “It is kind of sad. I just hope everything is ok and there’s, you know, nothing bad happens and everything gets resolved.”

Detectives began to work on the case and communicated with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to issue the alert.

The alert is sent if authorities believe the children are in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

Larry Englehart lives near where the children were last seen.

“We know everybody, the street, the guy across the street is a police officer full time. And we know everybody,” Englehart said.

WINK News Safety and Security Specialist Rich Kolko, a former FBI agent, said police have their reasons for not releasing lots of information.

“There are countless people in cars, shopping areas, fast food restaurants, and once they have this information, these kids are missing, that multiplies the number of people looking for these missing kids and that’s what really can help law enforcement and that’s how the community can contribute to keeping these kids safe,” Kolko said. “Sometimes there’s a criminal element to it, a wide variety of things. So the important thing is, they’ll calculate the hours that the kids have been missing. And they know that that perimeter gets bigger and bigger each hour.”

Detectives were at the Green Tee apartment complex, where the family of four was reported missing.

“It’s not safe, you have a person like that and first thing is you worry about the children, are they family? Are they with a dangerous man,” said Nicole Speaks, who also lives nearby. “This is scary.”

Sparks said she will keep a lookout.

“If I see them I will immediately call the police,” she said.

Martinez said, “People are questioning, ‘why did this happen?’ I have no idea, but it’s crazy.”

If you hear or see anything, call the Fort Myers Police Department.