Alexis Wartena’s family members are speaking out after hearing word that she was missing last night.
“We were just visiting some family and that’s when my sister called and she was hysterical,” said Millicent Carlton, Alexi’s aunt.
Seven year old Alexis Wartena and her family were enjoying their summer vacation. But now the immediate and extended families are making funeral arrangements.
“Then this morning they broke the news to us,” said Carlton.
Although Amarillo Police haven’t confirmed if the body is Alexis, Carlton tells us that police told the family this morning.
“My mom is very emotional very upset. My other sister lives in upstate New York she’s just waiting to see what she needs to do. Other family has been in contact and we’re just waiting,” said Carlton.
The aunt tells us this isn’t the first time Alexis has gotten out, in fact she says it happened all the time but they always ended up finding her.
That’s why they thought this incident would be different. She tells us she thought her niece would be found in someone’s backyard.
“I wish it was a better ending. Just love your children, keep an eye on your children at all times. I wish Alexis was here with us. It’s heartbreaking,” said Carlton.
Now what the aunt tells us she’s angry about this entire situation is the unfenced part of the lake.
She says if the Kiva Hotel had fenced the entire area, her niece would not have been anywhere near the lake.
We spoke to the supervisor of the Kiva Hotel about why that section wasn’t fenced in and he told us to talk to the city because it was their fence.
We reached out to the city for comment and we were told we couldn’t get a response by today.