Joy of finding Live Girl
Instead of Dead One Told
Houston Amazed at Girl's
Cleanliness Despite Having To Live in Dirty Tomb; Asks for Key and
Unlocks Padlock; Angry at Chain Marks
The story of two discouraged men, seeking what they knew to be a
dead body and their joy when they found a live girl instead, came
out slowly last night as Carlos Robles, uncle of kidnaped June
Robles, and Clarence Houston, county attorney, talked over their
experiences in Houston's office.
Houston told how he and Robles separated in their desert search,
how he wearily sought the shade of a tree and there saw a sprig of
cactus and an old pasteboard box which gave him the impetus to
search again. The child's coffin-prison was found by accident a few
feet from where he rested.
He was certain that June was dead. He had been almost lost on
the desert and had been calling for Robles, but now decided to peek
into the grave, see the condition of the body and call an
undertaker and not tell Robles until later.
Prepared to find a decomposed body, he was shocked to find the
live girl chained in her grave-cage. He told of his first remarks
to the girl, his query, "Were they good to you?" and her answer,
"Honey, I can't get down there to unlock that thing," he told
"Give me the key," she called imperiously. She unlocked the
padlock "quick as a flash," he said. She took a drink of orange
juice from the glass in her prison before allowing herself to be
She failed to recognize Houston and seemed to believe him one of
the kidnapers until he got her to help shout for her uncle. "After
that I was her pal," Houston explained.
As they were leaving the place Houstion said, "I don't know
whether I can find that place again."
"Oh, yes you can," June said. "Don't you remember, you hung your
handkerchief up in a tree." Then Houston mused over the
Houston paused — "My big regret is that we have no capital
punishment for such a crime," he mused.
Houston explained that he was careful not to question the girl
too closely. She was forced to turn her back whenever the men
visited her, she stated.
"Gee, my teacher will be glad to see me back," was one of her
"When I heard June call 'Liche,' I forgot all about the
evidence," Robles said last night. (Liche is short for Caliche and
is a nickname reference to the fair complexion of Carlos.)
Houston and Robles both paused in their discussion to give high
praise to all the officers who worked with them in the case.
In recounting the joy of the family when little June came back,
Carlos recalled that his grandmother was in church praying when the
child was returned. When she learned the child was alive she
returned to church to pray again.
After a pause in the talk, Carlos said — "Well, after all,
that's a trip we'll never forget."
In remarking on the luck which took its part in the final
finding of the child, Houston recalled it took him an hour to go
back to the place even after he had hung his handkerchief in a tree
near the spot.
Houston recalled that June was angry at the marks of the chain
on her leg. "Look at that!" she said. "Just look at that!" She
pointed to the scar, her dark eyes snapping with anger. Her extreme
concern over her personal appearance was also subject to comment.
"I don't know how she kept so clean in that hole," Houston said.
"She pulled down her little dress, fixed her sleeves and fluffed up
her hair as soon as she saw me."
Then Robles took up the story to tell how she demanded a bath as
soon as she got home. "In spite of the doctor's orders for rest she
wants to go to school tomorrow," he stated. She was bitten by
insects or had prickly heat across her forehead; it was bleeding a
little. That bothers her, too.