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Mentally disabled teen missing in Dallas

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Dallas police have issued a critical missing alert for an 18-year-old mentally disabled girl who has been missing since last week.

Alejandra Gonzales left Sunset High School on Jefferson Boulevard unsupervised Wednesday afternoon.

According to a police report, that morning a teacher caught her using a computer. But, she isn't supposed to be on computers without adult supervision because in the past she has used them to chat with older men.

She apparently left through a back door at the school some time after fourth period and was possibly spotted later near the West End area of Dallas, the report states.

Gonzales has gone missing several times before.

In June 2011 she disappeared for nine days after leaving her grandparents' home. Then in September 2011 she walked away from her house in Oak Cliff and was spotted on a DART train in Plano, but returned home safely a few days later.

Family members are worried about her safety again. They said she has the mental capacity of a first grader, is extremely trusting and has no sense of fear.

They're also frustrated with the school and police, saying they haven't done enough.

"I haven't really felt a lot of support," said mother Ofelia Melendez. "They [police] only kept telling me that she was 18 years old and because she looked that age, they couldn't do anything about it. I feel unprotected, abandoned, I don't know what the right word is to describe it."

The Dallas Independent School District referred all of FOX 4's questions about the case to the Dallas Police Department.

Police said she although Gonzales is mentally disabled, she is able to take care of herself and use public transportation. She has a history of running away when she gets upset from not getting her way.

She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with the words "Live Love Laugh" in gold writing and blue jeans. She has long black hair and it may be in a French braid.

Anyone with information about Gonzales is encouraged to call DPD or 911.
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