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Stolen credit card, cell leads to missing mom, daughter

May 29, 2012

A Snyder mother and daughter reported missing Wednesday from Colorado City were located safely Saturday near the Houston area, according to law enforcement officials.

Brittany Hill, 23, and her 2-year-old daughter, Khloe Wheeler, were reported missing Wednesday afternoon to law enforcement in Colorado City while the pair were visiting family members in the area.

Wednesday's report also set off a search for Hill's boyfriend, 21-year-old Rosendo Gonzales, who, according to a statement issued by Colorado City Police Chief Roy Owens, has a violent history with the Snyder woman.

According to police reports, Hill was recently treated for a concussion and split lip requiring nearly a half-dozen stitches at Cogdell Memorial Hospital in Snyder, apparently after being assaulted by Gonzales. It's unclear at this time what charges — if any — are pending against Gonzales for the alleged attack. Police said the cause of injuries were not reported as being from an assault to hospital staff, but as injuries related to falling.

Owens went on to add that in addition to their violent past, both Hill and Gonzales both have a history of drug abuse.

Law enforcement met with a break in the case Saturday morning when an informant reported to police Hill had stolen a credit card from them, at which time investigators began tracking the use of the card.

The card led investigators to the Galveston, Texas, area where law enforcement officials tracked a transaction, according to Owens. Monitoring of Hill's cell phone also turned up clues as to the pair's whereabouts, as cell phone tower pings showed the Snyder woman traveling north on Interstate Highway 45, toward the Dallas area.

Shortly after the cell phone location was determined, law enforcement officials say they caught up to Hill and her daughter, who were traveling with Gonzales in the Snyder woman's 2002 blue-gray Toyota Highlander.

According to police officials, all three were determined to be safe at that time and were interviewed to gather more information on their disappearance. However, it's unclear at this time what charges Hill may face in relation to the stolen credit card.

Owens said the Colorado City Police Department received assistance on the case from the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office, special investigators and the Texas Rangers.

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