Detectives ask for help finding Huron kidnapper

Still no arrests in the kidnapping of a three-year-old girl in Huron. Detectives are asking for more help from the community to identify a suspect.
April 29, 2014 4:45:03 PM PDT
Still no arrests in the kidnapping of a three-year-old girl in Huron. Detectives are asking for more help from the community to identify a suspect.

Huron is no longer abuzz with dozens of Fresno County Sheriff's deputies. The command post is gone, and the neighborhood where a three-year-old girl was taken, has returned to normal.

Investigators say they are analyzing evidence, following up on leads and eliminating potential suspects every hour.

Although the victim is only a toddler, she was able to provide some initial information to detectives.

Lt. Mark Padilla with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said, "I believe that more information will be forthcoming but, she was able to provide a statement to us, but additional investigation will need to be conducted."

At the apartment complex where the child was taken, no one answered the door Tuesday at the unit where the little girl lives with her family.

Investigators say they have not identified a suspect or a motive, and still believe the crime was random. The best evidence they're working with is the suspect's bicycle that was found abandoned a few hours after the kidnapping.

"All indications are that it was a true stranger abduction, which is very unusual," said Lt. Mark Padilla. "Obviously we're very concerned for the safety of our citizens. The children in our community. That's why we're really reaching out to the public and asking for their assistance in finding and locating this suspect."

Some information deputies are not revealing is whether the child was molested during the 12 hours she was missing. They also won't say how the suspect transported the child after he ditched the bike.

Investigators are also checking local businesses for any surveillance video that may provide clues. And they are hoping a $1,000.00 reward for anonymous information will also generate more leads.


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