Search continues for missing Albuquerque teens

The search for two missing Albuquerque teens continues. Nearly a week after they disappeared, there’s still no solid leads. 

The families of Collin Romero and Ahmed Lateef have been searching the West Mesa since Tuesday after the boys went missing Sunday.

Saturday morning, dozens of volunteers set out on foot on the West Mesa where one of the boys social media last placed him. 

“We understand the vast, enormous area we’re trying to cover,” said Kelen Kimbrell, Collin Romero’s grandma. 

The desolate West Mesa, stretching west of the Metro, is now being combed by the Kimbrell and Latif families, as well as dozens of volunteers. 

“I just want to be helpful, search wherever I can search, wherever they ask me to,” said one of the volunteers. 

The Kimbrell family believes the teens were beaten. They have received terrifying tips, although law enforcement is not saying much. 

“We’ve been told there’s a photo of the boys in the back seat of the car, with a man in the middle holding them as if they are trophys,” said Kelen Kimbrell. 

The families are searching the Mesa after Ahmeds Snapchat location last pinged there. 

Kelen Kimbrell, Collin’s grandmother believes law enforcement is not doing enough. 

“Unfortunately law enforcement seems to have no interest in locating these two boys,” said Kelen.  

Albuquerque Police say they are thoroughly working the case, and say this appears to be a drug deal gone wrong. 

“We’ve mobilized pretty much the entire department in different divisions to help assist with this missing persons investigation,” said officer Simon Drobik with the Albuquerque Police Department. 

For now, these two families will not rest. 

Albuquerque Police are urging anyone with information or access to the teens social media postings to contact Crimestoppers. 

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