The bodies of a kidnapped California family of four were found in a rural agricultural area on Wednesday, bringing an end to the search that began days after the four were taken, hostage. At a press conference on Wednesday night, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke remarked, “Tonight, our worst fears have been fulfilled.” As the saying goes, “What occurred here is brutally, horribly senseless.”
Warnke claimed the bodies of Aroohi Dheri, 8 months old, her parents Jasleen Kaur and Jasdeep Singh, and her uncle Amandeep Singh were all discovered in the same spot. He added that the police were called to the scene on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities claimed that a man with a pistol kidnapped the family on Monday, and they haven’t been seen or heard from since.
A man who police believe is involved in the case has been detained. The individual is cooperating with police, but a motive has not been determined, the sheriff added. Even before the bodies were discovered, relatives had been pleading with the public for any leads they might have. Wednesday, Sukhdeep Singh, the brother of one of the fatalities, begged reporters, “Every business, petrol station, anybody who has cameras please verify the cameras.”
California Family Kidnapped on Monday
The search for a family of four kidnapped in California ended Wednesday with authorities recovering their bodies from a rural farm area days after being abducted at gunpoint. Please share this far and wide; we need the public’s support right now. Kindly assist us… for the sake of my family’s safe return.
Balvinder, an unnamed cousin, said the family is “peace-loving,” and that they have lived in the neighborhood for a long time and run a modest company. We’re in utter disbelief. Disbelief has set in. Balvinder lamented, “We are dying every moment, and we’re not discovering any clues.”
According to Warnke, the detained man was found guilty of armed robbery and wrongful detention back in 2005. In 2015, he was granted parole. According to Warnke, the individual acted alone in the prior crime and was familiar with the victims. Even though Warnke is convinced that more than one individual was engaged in the kidnapping, “we don’t have any proof to substantiate it,” he said.
The video was played at a news conference earlier on Wednesday and shows Jasdeep and Amandeep Singh arriving at the family trucking firm nine minutes apart. On Monday morning, just before 9 o’clock, Jasdeep saw a man standing outside the store with what looked like a gun in a trash bag.
Six minutes later, the gunman is seen leading Jasdeep and Amandeep into the back of a truck, where they remain for the duration of the ride. As Jasleen, who is pregnant with Aroohi, walks out of the store, the masked man returns and leads her and the baby to the waiting truck. On Monday, a farmer reportedly uncovered two victims’ cellphones on the side of the road. At one point, the farmer picked up and chatted with a loved one of the victims.
We Have No Motivation Behind It
An attempt at suicide resulted in the hospital seizing the person of interest because he was so violent. According to the district attorney’s office, no charges have been filed. CNN will not be identifying the suspect. On Monday at 11:39 a.m., the California Highway Patrol responded to a burning 2020 Dodge Ram and requested the assistance of the Merced Police Department in locating the owner of the car, as reported by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.
At 12:35 p.m., cops from Merced went to the home of the truck’s owner to speak with a relative. Law enforcement officials attempted to get in touch with the family but were unable. Merced County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a business on South Highway 59 at 1:04 p.m. on Monday. According to an official statement released by the sheriff’s department on Tuesday, “Detectives determined that the victims were kidnapped” during the initial inquiry.
Deputy Alexandra Britton, the sheriff’s office’s public relations officer, said that a firearm and handcuffs were used during the kidnapping. The sheriff’s office in Merced, which is between Modesto and Fresno in central California, released an initial statement about the case on Monday, saying they believed the family was kidnapped “against their will” from a shop in the 800 block of South Highway 59. Nothing is driving us to do this. Warnke claimed as much in a video statement he shared on Facebook.
The evidence gathered by investigators, according to Warnke, suggests “the individuals involved in this destroyed evidence in an attempt to disguise their tracks.” A 48-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday as a suspect in the case. Britton stated that the man’s relatives had phoned the police and informed them that he had confessed to his role in the kidnapping.
Following a call from his relatives, law officers contacted the suspect. As they look into the incident, deputies with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office have reiterated a request for anyone with information to call their tip line at 209-385-7547. The California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have both opened investigations.
Victim’s ATM Card Used Following Disappearance
The sheriff’s office released a statement Tuesday morning saying that they had discovered the use of a victim’s ATM card at a bank in Atwater, California. Nearby to Merced’s northwest, you’ll find Atwater. Britton stated that the 48-year-old in prison may not be the same individual who used the aforementioned card.
Officials say the 48-year-old guy was arrested after that exchange because he was deemed a person of interest in the investigation. The man was in critical condition Tuesday after attempting suicide before police were called. According to the sheriff’s office, Alexandra Britton said that they were seeking to verify that the individual in custody was the same suspect whose images had been issued on Monday.
The sheriff’s office reported that their investigation led them to a surveillance photo of a person performing a bank transaction who resembled the kidnapper from the original scenario. The suspect was a man with a shaven head who was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt, according to reports from Monday. Officials said they thought he was armed and dangerous.