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Jan 28, 2013 7:58 PM by Erika Flores

Biological father urges public to look out for missing toddler

TUCSON - Police continue their search for a missing toddler.

Ten-month-old Estella Lovemore has been missing since Sunday afternoon.

Marana police said she was taken by her mother 21-year-old Danielle Lovemore during a supervised CPS visit with grandparents.

Police think Lovemore may have left the area with her boyfriend Luis Palacio.

Danielle wasn't seen getting into a vehicle or walking away.

Estella was taken from inside the Gymnastics World in Marana during a private birthday party.

Richter Lewis said he's the biological father of Estella.

He said family and friends call Estella "Ella" for short.

He said he hopes Ella is found soon.

Lewis said he has no idea Ella could be.

"I'm afraid I'm never going to see her again," said Lewis.

Lewis is pleading to the community to keep their eyes peeled for his little Ella.

"She means more to me than anything in the world," said Lewis. "Right now it feels like I have my heart completely ripped out of my chest."

Police said Estella was staying with foster parents but that her maternal grandfather arranged a supervised visitation with Estella's mom Danielle at Gymnastics World for a private birthday party.

"We've been in business 35 years we ate very safety conscience we want to make sure everybody has a very safe experience here," said Don Gutzler.

Gutzler said nothing like this has happened at gymnastics world before.

"Or even wandering off," he said.

Police said the grandfather was with Danielle and Estella but somehow lost track of them.

When he noticed they were gone, he called police.

Police are looking for Danielle and her boyfriend Luis Palacios.

They said they are very interested in talking to Danielle's boyfriend Luis Palacio who is wanted in Tucson for custodial interference with his own child.

Police said no one saw Palacio with Danielle or Estella yesterday, but police believe he could be with them.

"The similarities between this case and the case that is currently going on with Luis it just made him a person of interest. We are just really interested in talking to him," said Sgt. Jose Alvarez with Marana police.

If you have any information that could help police call 88-CRIME.

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