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Missing 44-year-old woman Elizabeth Ann Nivans: Alexis Nungaray Words about her Daughter

The mother of 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray, who was discovered dead in a stream in north Houston on Monday morning, has spoken out for the first time since learning of her daughter’s death. Alexis Nungaray shed tears while speaking with KPRC 2 reporter Corley P. The grieving mother stated that she feels as if she is in an alternate dimension, experiencing a never-ending nightmare about her 12-year-old daughter, Jocelyn.

Missing 44-year-old woman Elizabeth Ann Nivans

Alexis Nungaray Words about her Daughter:

Alexis characterized her first-born kid as “goofy” and claimed she had her own “little spunk.” She also stated that Jocelyn never followed the crowd. “She always stood up for what was right,” Alexis explained. Alexis said she last saw her daughter alive on Sunday night, approximately 10 p.m., before going to bed. Her final words to Jocelyn were not to stay up late and to accompany her mother to work the following day. Alexis reported that Jocelyn’s cat was “going crazy” at 3 a.m. She assumed it was with her daughter on Monday because she sleeps with her pet at night.

It wasn’t until Alexis awoke at 6 a.m. and began her typical ritual of waking up her 5-year-old son and Jocelyn that she realized Jocelyn was missing, as was her phone. She claimed she looked everywhere in the house, walked around their apartment complex, and got into her car. Alexis pinged her daughter’s cell phone, which led back to the creek, where she ran and revealed police officers combing the area. She stated that she informed cops that her daughter was missing, and it wasn’t until an hour later that she received a call identifying Jocelyn. Woman tells the moment she discovered a 12-year-old girl’s body in North Houston Creek. Around 6 a.m. Monday, a woman said she contacted 911 to report the child’s body in the water. The Houston Police Department’s Dive Team reacted and recovered her body.

What is Jocelyn Nungaray Cause of Death?

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined that the 12-year-old died from strangulation on Tuesday. On Wednesday, medical experts confirmed that the body was Jocelyn’s. Medical examiner releases identification of 12-year-old girl discovered strangled in Houston creek. Houston police have published CCTV photographs from the 7-Eleven convenience shop where the girl was last seen. In these photographs, detectives identified two people of interest in connection with the girl’s death. Investigators informed KPRC 2 reporter Bryce Newberry that the two males were the last to see the girl and appeared to have met her at the store. On Wednesday, a source sent KPRC 2 reporter Corley Peel with new CCTV photographs of Jocelyn at the convenience shop around 12:17 a.m. Monday.

Alexis stated that her daughter fought hard and was a fighter, emphasizing that “she needs justice; she didn’t deserve this.” She had a message for the men implicated in her daughter’s death: “They took my firstborn. I was a teen mother, and she helped me develop and mature. She’s grown into a stunning young lady.”

She stated that she and Jocelyn have been through a lot in the last several months about her mental health.  Investigators believe Jocelyn’s boyfriend was the last person to speak with her on the phone. He reportedly told officials that he overheard her talking to the two men at the petrol station before they hung up. Alexis stated that she needed to know what the boyfriend heard because her daughter had never run away with strangers and had to be battling for her life before she died.

“She just said she was walking around different stores,” Jocelyn’s mother explained. “I’m not sure why she was walking around late at night in this location. I constantly reminded her not to leave the house unattended and always to be safe because there are weird people around here. The family has put up a GoFundMe page to pay tribute to Jocelyn. They also said they are preparing a memorial for her and will notify us once an official date is set. Anyone with information on the identity of the two individuals of interest in this case is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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