This morning, Lubbock police said 15-year-old Elizabeth Ennen died of strangulation. Her body was found Monday night in a field northeast of Shallowater in Lubbock County.
Humberto Salinas Jr., who was described as a family friend, is expected to be charged with her murder. Police say Salinas killed her on Jan. 5, the night she was babysitting at the Carriage Inn, and that he tried to cover it up and misled the investigation.
According to affidavits, Salinas returned to the Carriage House by himself while Ennen was babysitting children on January 5. At 11:47 p.m., Ennen was seen leaving the hotel room in a hurry. 5 minutes later, Salinas was caught on tape pulling her back inside the room.
Around midnight, police believe Salinas forced Ennen inside his vehicle before driving off. He returned to the hotel room 8 minutes later alone.
According to affidavits, Elizabeth's mother arrived at the hotel around 2 a.m. to seemingly check on her daughter's whereabouts. Police say she was seen running down a hotel hallway roughly 12 minutes later.