HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — One month after the disappearance of 48-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio and her granddaughter, 12-year-old Angie Carolina Rodriguez Rubio, the man police say abducted them has been transferred from Pennsylvania jails back to Rockingham County.
Photos provided by the Harrisonburg Police Dept. of the tractor trailer Sariol was driving when arrested in Pennsylvania, a photo of Sariol provided in the initial AMBER Alert, the burned Civic recovered from I-66, and a surveillance photo of the Civic when spotted in a Harrisonburg parking lot on Sunday, August 5.
Hareton Jamie Rodriguez Sariol is now being held in Rockingham County Jail, but police say there is no new information they can offer about the investigation into the whereabouts of Elizabeth and Angie.
On August 5, Sariol - a family friend who had grown increasingly obsessed with Elizabeth, according to family - was supposed to drive them from Harrisonburg to their home in Maryland, but they never arrived.
The two family members were last seen in Dukes Plaza getting into his 2001 Honda Civic.
Then, that car was seen in the Burgess Lane shopping center before heading north on Route 11 toward the Mauzy area, followed by a number of back roads, including Indian Trail Road, Fellowship Road, Trinity Church Road, and Buffalo Drive, and finally back to Harrisonburg.
Police say he may have stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 81 somewhere between mile markers 251 and 256 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 5.
They believe he took Route 33 east after coming back to Harrisonburg, traveling to the Ruckersville, Somerset and Orange County areas. HPD said the vehicle was also reported on the western side of Spotsylvania County near Lane Anna.
Early on the morning of August 6, the car was found fully engulfed in flames on Interstate 66 near mile marker 2. Sariol was then seen driving a 2000 Volvo tractor trailer, which he took on I-81 from Mount Crawford to Harrisonburg and Mount Jackson and north to New York before his arrest in Lakawanna County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening.
He's charged with two counts of abduction.
But a month later, Elizabeth and Angie remain missing. The AMBER Alert issued initially for their abduction was canceled a few days later because, with Sariol arrested, the case no longer met the criteria of an AMBER Alert.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the chances of finding missing people decrease drastically after just the few first days.
Suspicious activity, vehicle sightings, or other observations from Sunday, August 5 through Tuesday, August 7 should be reported to the Harrisonburg Police Department.
Anyone with immediate information about where Elizabeth and Angie Rodriguez Rubio is asked to call 911 immediately. All other information and tips can be submitted through HPD's local Crime Solvers line at 540-574-5050 or text "HPD" plus their tip to CRIMES (274637).
Elizabeth came to the United States from Colombia years ago as a refugee and was an active member of the Harrisonburg community in her church before moving to Maryland. They say she always dresses elegantly and that she's very smart, sweet and pleasant. Members of her church have been praying since her disappearance for the safe return of Elizabeth and Angie.