Kidnapped 12-year-old Alabama woman escapes captivity, leads police to 2 decomposing our bodies, arrest

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A kidnapped 12-year-old girl who escaped captivity and was found walking on the side of a road in rural Alabama helped police discover two rotting bodies at the residence where she was being held, authorities said Tuesday.

Police responded to a 911 call just before 8:30 a.m. Monday after a driver spotted the girl walking on the road in Deville, Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said. Press conference. The girl’s escape prompted a 24-hour kidnapping investigation that led to the arrival of José Paulino Pascual-Reyes, Abbett said.

Abbett said a search of his motor home in Deville found two decomposing bodies.

Pascual-Reyes, 37, was arrested in Auburn, Ala., and charged with first-degree kidnapping, three counts of murder and two counts of abuse of a corpse. He is being held in the Tallapoosa County Jail pending a bond hearing, police said. It is unclear if Pascual-Reyes has an attorney.

Court documents state that the girl was tied to the bedposts for almost a week, assaulted and drugged with alcohol. WSFA in Montgomery, Ala. The girl, whose identity has not been released publicly, has not been reported missing, Abbett said. According to the documents, she was able to escape while chewing on the restraints.

“She’s a hero,” Abbett said of the girl.

At a news conference Tuesday, Abbett declined to provide additional information about whether the girl had any connection to Pascual-Reyes or when she may have been abducted.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” the sheriff said, adding that authorities would not determine whether the girl and the man knew each other “until later.” “Things are changing and I don’t want to jeopardize the identity of our minor.”

Authorities also declined to share information about the identity and cause of death of the two bodies found at Pascual-Reyes’ home in Deville, about 60 miles outside of Montgomery. The remains were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy and identification.

Tallapoosa County District Attorney Jeremy Duerr told reporters that Pascual-Reyes could face more murder charges.

“As we continue and complete the investigation, I’m sure more charges will be filed,” he said.

Over 365,000 posts According to the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention, missing youths were reported to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center in 2020. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the main clearinghouse for missing children in the U.S., noted that the numbers reflect reports of missing children, not active cases. Reuters reported in 2021 December 31 The FBI says that under 18 about a third out of more than 93,000 active missing person cases.

Abbett said Pascual-Reyes had lived in the mobile home since February. The sheriff said there were other people in the home when officers arrived, but declined to provide details.

“It’s terrible to have this type of crime scene,” he said.

The sheriff praised the many agencies that helped apprehend Pascual-Reyes, including the FBI, the Tallapoosa County District Attorney’s Office, the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation and the Daville Police Department.

He also praised the girl for her bravery in escaping captivity and leading police to Pascual-Reyes and the two decomposing bodies. According to the sheriff, the girl was “doing well” when she received medical attention.

“It’s safe and we want to keep it that way,” Abbett said.

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