12-year-old runs away from Alabama house and leads cops to 2 our bodies

A young girl clawed her way through restraints to escape a rural Alabama home where investigators later found two mutilated bodies, authorities said.

José Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, is charged with kidnapping and multiple counts of murder in connection with the bodies found in a home after a 12-year-old girl was found walking on the sidewalk in Dadeville early Monday.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett told reporters at a news conference that the driver picked up the girl and called 911, sparking the investigation that led to the arrest of Pascual-Reyes and the gruesome discovery. This was reported by AL.com.

Pascual-Reyes, who remains jailed pending a bond hearing, was arrested in Auburn. The bodies were found at his Dadeville home, not far from where the girl was found wandering alone.

José Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, is charged with kidnapping and multiple counts of murder in connection with the bodies found in an Alabama home after a 12-year-old girl was found on a roadside in Dadeville early Monday, authorities said.
Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office

The decomposing remains were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for identification, Abbett said, adding that it was unclear how long they had been there.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” the sheriff told reporters. “Things are changing and I don’t want to jeopardize the identity of our minor.”

Pascual-Reyes had lived in the home since February, Abbett said.  There were other people there when the cops arrived, but he didn't say anything, AL.com reported.
Pascual-Reyes has lived in the home since February.
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Pascual-Reyes, who remains jailed pending a bond hearing, was arrested in Auburn.  The bodies were found at his Dadeville home, not far from where the girl was found wandering alone.
The remains were found at Pascual-Reyes’ Dadeville home, not far from where the girl was found wandering alone.
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Court statements received by WSFA show that the girl was tied to the bedposts for almost a week. She was assaulted and doused with alcohol, but managed to escape by chewing on her restraints, documents show.

Authorities did not say whether the girl knew Pascual-Reyes, AL.com reported.

“I would say she’s a hero,” Abbett said. “It’s one of those things that we don’t get into until later. We gave her medical attention. She is safe now. We want it to stay that way.”

Pascual-Reyes had lived in the home since February, Abbett said. There were other people there when the cops arrived, but he didn’t say anything, AL.com reported.

“It’s terrible to have this type of crime scene,” the sheriff told reporters Tuesday.

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