UPDATE: AMBER Alert canceled for missing grandmother and granddaughter

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State Police have canceled the AMBER Alert for a missing grandmother and her granddaughter.

Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio and her granddaughter, Angie, were last seen in Harrisonburg getting into a car with a man their family had once trusted.

Police say the mother and grandmother have not been located.

Stay with WDBJ7 for more updates.

UPDATE 8/10/18
Five days since Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio and her granddaughter, Angie, were last seen in Harrisonburg getting into a car with a man their family had once trusted, the search continues for any evidence of where the two may be.

The Harrisonburg Police Department has now partnered with agencies across Virginia into Pennsylvania, as well as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

All available resources are being dedicated to this search, including drones being used to record aerial imagery, ground searches throughout Harrisonburg and surrounding areas, K9 units being used for search and rescue, as well as evidence collection, and follow-up interviews with all known associates of Elizabeth, Angie, and their suspected abductor, Hareton Jamie Rodriguez Sariol.

Federal authorities are also assisting Harrisonburg police with searching Sariol's car, which went up in flames on Interstate 66 early Monday morning, for evidence.

Sariol remains in custody in Lakawanna, Pennsylvania, where he was arrested on Tuesday shortly after an AMBER Alert was sent out for Angie and a Critically Missing Adult Alert for Elizabeth.

A timeline laying out what police know happened, along with information from family, can be found in our previous update below.

If you have any immediate information about Elizabeth or Angie's whereabouts, call 911 immediately. All other information related to the search can be passed on by calling the Crime Solvers tip line at 540-574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus a tip to CRIMES (274637).

UPDATE 8/9/18
The Harrisonburg Police Department has released new information in the continuing investigation of an alleged abduction that led to an AMBER Alert earlier this week.

Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio and her granddaughter, Angie, remain missing as of Thursday, two days after their alleged abductor was arrested in Pennyslvania.

According to police, the pair was supposed to be taken by Hareton Jamie Rodriguez Sariol to a home in Maryland, but never arrived there.

They had been visiting Elizabeth's daughter in Harrisonburg when they were last seen around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in Dukes Plaza, near Ollie's Bargain Outlet, getting into Sariol's red 2-door Honda Civic.

Shortly afterward, police say Hareton took Elizabeth and Angie to the Walmart shopping center along Burgess Road around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Then, over 12 hours later, the Civic was found fully engulfed in flames around 3 a.m. on Monday on Interstate 66 in Warren County. When police arrived, however, there was no one around the car.

It's been sent back to Harrisonburg to be processed for evidence. Virginia State Police say there was no sign of foul play in the fire.

According to family of Rubio, Hareton had been a family friend but, over time, had become increasingly obsessed with Elizabeth. They say he called Elizabeth's daughter to say he had dropped them off in Maryland on Monday, but when the family didn't hear back from her or Angie, and saw reports of the burned car, they became extremely worried.

The family says they called Maryland police, who forced entry to the home and found no sign of the grandmother or granddaughter. According to family, they reported Elizabeth and Angie missing to the Harrisonburg Police Department that day.

Police previously reported that they had been reported missing on Tuesday morning.

An AMBER Alert was issued for Angie, along with a Critically Missing Adult Alert for Elizabeth, on Tuesday afternoon.

That afternoon, around 5 p.m., Hareton was arrested in Lakawanna, Pennsylvania driving a white Volvo tractor trailer, which was seized. According to family, Hareton's cell phone was also found destroyed.

He remains in Pennsylvania for questioning, awaiting extradition back to Harrisonburg.

There is a large gap in the police timeline from the time the Civic was seen at the Burgess Rd. shopping center on Sunday afternoon and when it was found on fire on I-66 early Monday morning.

If you saw the red Civic pictured below in that timeframe, anywhere from Harrisonburg to northern Virginia, you're asked to contact police immediately about what you may have seen.

Residents, property owners, and businesses are asked to report any information on the whereabouts of Elizabeth or Angie as detectives continue working on the case.

Family members believe they are somewhere between Harrisonburg and Washington, D.C.


The man believed to have abducted a grandmother and her granddaughter from Harrisonburg has been taken into custody, but the woman and girl remain missing.

According to the Harrisonburg Police Department, Hareton Jaime Rodriguez-Sariol was arrested in Pennsylvania and is being questioned by officers as to the whereabouts of 48-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio and her 12-year-old granddaughter, Angie Carolina Rodriguez Rubio.

Police say Hareton has a history of infatuation with Elizabeth and abducted her, along with her granddaughter, from the 2800 block of South Main Street on Sunday afternoon and headed north.

A vehicle police believe they were traveling in was involved in a fire that shut down northbound Interstate 66 in Warren County early Monday morning. They say Hareton then took both Elizabeth and Angie with him in a tractor trailer owned by AMG Express.

Virginia State Police and the U.S. Marshal Service are assisting Harrisonburg police in the search.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Elizabeth or Angie, call 911 immediately.


An AMBER alert has been issued for a missing 12-year-old girl and her grandmother.

State Police are searching for the two after they were last seen in Harrisonburg, Va. on Sunday. Police say the child is believed to be in extreme danger.

Angie Carolina Rodriguez-Rubio, 12, is Hispanic, has brown eyes, is 5 foot 1 inches tall, weighing 112 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black blouse with flowers, black leggings and white sandals.

Police say her grandmother was also abducted. Elizabeth Rodriguez-Rubio, 48, has black hair, brown eyes, 5 foot 4 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black skirt and burgundy blouse.

Police believe the two may have been abducted by Hareton Jamie Rodriguez-Sariol. They are believed to be traveling north in a white 2000 Volvo Tractor Trailer with Virginia Registration of 21739PZ.

Call the Harrisonburg City Police Department at 540-574-5050 with any infomation.