10-year-old girl attending church goes missing near Tyler

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Kayla Gomez Tyler missing girl

TYLER, Texas — Authorities are searching for a 10-year-old girl who went missing Tuesday night while attending church with her family near Tyler, investigators said.

Kayla Gomez Orozco was last seen around 7:30 p.m. while attending service at Bullard First Assemble Church at 51655 Highway 65 North in Bullard, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said. Bullard is a small town about 30 minutes south of Tyler.

Kayla is Hispanic with brown hair and eyes, weighs about 90 pounds and is 4 feet tall, deputies said. She was wearing a peach-colored skirt and a black t-shirt with the words “Racket and Jog” printed on it.

Officers were initially searching for a red Cadillac SRX SUV with dark tinted windows that was in the parking lot when Kayla went missing, but the vehicle is no longer wanted in the investigation.

Counselors will be at Jack Elementary School to provide assistance and support as needed for staff and students, Tyler Independent School District said. An FBI task force will also be at the school to investigate the situation, school officials said.

Anyone with information regarding the child’s disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call Detective G. Battley at 903-683-2271.

Tyler ISD, Cherokee County deputies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are working to help find Kayla.

Tyler ISD issued the following statement:

Tyler ISD is confirming that an Amber Alert has been issued for Kayla Gomez a Jack Elementary School student.  An FBI task force will be at the Jack campus to investigate the situation. The District is assisting in the process as requested from officials. 

Counselors will also be at the campus to provide assistance and support as needed for staff and students.