Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth was violently abducted on January 4th, 2011 from the Carriage House Hotel in Lubbock County, Texas by Humberto Salinas Jr.. She was babysitting his two children late at night when Salinas, at midnight, chased and grabbed her, then forced her into his car and left. This was caught on surveillance video from outside the hotel room and the parking lot. He returned to the hotel 30 minutes later alone, at 12:30 a.m., then left again shortly after.
Salinas went to the Ennen's family home directly after in the early hours of January 5th, 2011. He told her mother, Virginia Ennen, that he had dropped Elizabeth off and had come to return her forgotten purse. Salinas and his sons were known to be friends of the Ennen family at the time of Elizabeth's disappearance.
Virginia reported her daughter as missing at 1 a.m. on January 5th, 2011. She was assisted in filing the missing person's report by Salinas, who remained at the residence when police arrived. At the time, Salinas attempted to blame his own nineteen-year-old son (initially believed by local news reports to be Elizabeth's boyfriend) for her disappearance. Salinas also helped to pass out missing person flyers with the family. Elizabeth was initially labelled as a runaway case, as Salinas had brought her home safely on numerous occasions previously.
After a large-scale search conducted by police, authorities obtained CCTV footage of Elizabeth's abduction. On January 20th, 2011, police arrested Salinas on charges of aggravated kidnapping. Prior to this arrest, he held a previous criminal record that includes charges of domestic assault, felony theft and violence on a child.
On January 25th, 2011, Elizabeth's body was found in a field roadside near Shallowater in Lubbock County, Texas. The autopsy identified the cause of death as strangulation and was confirmed to have been murdered during the kidnapping time frame. This meant that Salinas murdered Elizabeth within a half-hour window before seeing her mother. Salinas was then charged with capital murder.
At his trial the following year, Salinas pled guilty at the Lubbock County courthouse for the murder of Elizabeth Ennen. As a result of the plea deal, the aggravated kidnapping charge was dropped. On the charge of capital murder, Salinas was sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility for parole. Half of the courtroom alone was Ennen's family, with many sharing testimonies after the sentencing. Family members of Elizabeth also stated that they would have preferred if Salinas received the death penalty.
Elizabeth was a Caucasian female at 5'3" and 135lbs. She was born May 17, 1995. She was a student at Lubbock Monterey High School. She was also known as Beth or Lizzie. At the time of her disappearance, she was without her mental health medication and did not have a warm coat.