Philadelphia Police Search for Missing Mother and Child

May 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The investigation started with a frantic call from the trunk of a car.The FBI has joined the search for a missing Philadelphia mother and daughter. 38-year-old Bonnie Sweeten and her 9-year-old daughter Julia Rakoczy have not been heard from since Tuesday afternoon when sweeten called 911 to say they'd been rear-ended by two men in a Pennsylvania suburb.

FBI Special Agent J.J. Klaver said "The caller, Bonnie N. Sweeten, indicated that she and her 9-year-old daughter had been in their vehicle, a 2005 silver Yukon Denali? and that they had been placed in the trunk of the car that rear ended them described as a 1990's black Cadillac."

When police arrived at the scene neither vehicle was there. They immediately issued an Amber Alert for Julia.

Sweeten later called 9-1-1 at least 6 more times from the metro Philadelphia area. During two of those calls, she spoke with police at length.

Late Tuesday night authorities located a Black Cadillac with front end damage and silver paint scratches. But when they opened the trunk, it was empty.

The FBI later determined the vehicle was not involved in the incident.

Early Wednesday morning Police confirmed a silver Yukon Denali parked on a city street was Sweeten's vehicle.

While the FBI told the Philadelphia Daily News there are some inconsistencies in Sweeten's account, they continue to treat this case as an abduction.

Authorities said it's not clear whether Sweeten knew the two men allegedly involved in the incident. Her ex-husband, Julia's father, is pleading for their safe return.

      MORE NATIONAL NEWS | TWEET@ABC30 | FREE ABC30 WIDGET
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
Breaking News E-Mail Alerts | Text Message Alerts
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
More News on abc30.com
Local | California/State | Weather | Entertainment | Business | Politics | Sports | Health Watch | Consumer Watch | Mr. Food |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Load Comments