SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -A newborn girl along with her father and uncle were discovered dead in an eastern California orchard just two days after being abducted by a gunman from their place of business according to police.
“Our worst fears have been confirmed,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke announced at the news conference on Wednesday night.
Warnke did not provide any details on how or the time they believed that they died. The victims’ names were in close proximity when they were found by a farmer in a remote region.
The grim news came after authorities released earlier on Wednesday footage of a man abducting 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her mom Jasleen Kaur (27), father Jasdeep Singh 36; and the uncle Amandeep Singh 39, on Monday.
The authorities said that they were abducted by a man who was convicted of robbing and was attempting to commit suicide one day following the kidnappings. Jesus Salgado, 48, was critically ill at the time of his arrest, but was talking with officers, Warnke said.
There is no reason for the kidnapping that has been determined He said.
“There are no words right now to describe the anger I feel and the senselessness of this incident,” Warnke declared. “I said it earlier: There’s a special place in hell for this guy.”
Investigators such as crime laboratory specialists of the California Department of Justice will be working on the scene of crime throughout the evening, Warnke said.
Four family members were removed from their businesses in Merced which is a city with 86,000 people located 150 miles (200 kilometers) to the southeast of San Francisco in the San Joaquin Valley which is California’s agricultural capital.
Family members of Salgado called authorities to inform them that he’d confessed to them that he was involved in the kidnapping Warnke informed KFSN-TV Tuesday. Salgado attempted to take his own life prior to when police arrived at the residence in the nearby town of Atwater the next day, and was later admitted to the hospital.
The attempts to contact the family of Salgado have been unsuccessful on Wednesday.
The video that was released earlier on Wednesday showed the suspect strolling by the property, before speaking to one of the suspects. Then, he is seen taking the men, who were wearing their hands tied to their bodies, to the back of Amandeep Singh’s pickup truck. The suspect then returned to the trailer which served as the office for the business and then led Jasdeep Singh with her infant child with her, into the truck. The suspect drove off.
Family members claimed that they did not have any money taken from the trucking company however their relatives of theirs were wearing jewels. Warnke claimed that following the kidnappings the ATM account belonging to the victim was utilized in Atwater approximately nine miles (14 kilometers) north of Merced.
Warnke stated that the kidnapper made no demands for ransom.
Investigators are trying to find the motive behind the killings according to the sheriff.
“We have a family devastated and why? We’re not sure,” he said.
The relatives of the deceased had been informed of the death the sheriff stated.
“We’re hoping that they can now at least have some kind of closure,” Warnke stated, adding that “It’s not the closure we were hoping for; it’s not the closure they were hoping for.”
Family members had previously demanded that anyone who owns the convenience store or gasoline station within the vicinity look through their security cameras to see photos of the suspect or the ones that are missing. They expressed concern that the child was not being fed as the family did not have baby food with them when they went on the kidnapping.
“Please help us out, come forward, so my family comes home safe,” Sukhdeep Singh who is the brother of one of the victims pleaded with a voice that broke.
Salgado was previously found guilty of first-degree robbery involving the use of firearms at Merced County, as well as attempted false imprisonment as well as attempts to stop or deter a victim or witness. The judge sentenced him to eleven years of state prison in this case according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The prisoner was discharged in the year 2015 and was released from parole three years after. He also was convicted of possession of controlled drugs, the corrections department said.
The investigation has not revealed an association between Salgado with the rest of his family members to prove they were friends prior to the kidnapping.
“As of right now, we believe it was random,” deputy Alexandra Britton said. “We don’t have evidence to prove otherwise.”
Family members had informed KXTV-TV that the new office of Unison Trucking Inc., the family’s enterprise was only open for one week prior.
“My husband is very calm and calm. We don’t know the reason they kidnapped them,” claimed Jaspreet Kaur the wife of the kidnapped uncle.
The sheriff told detectives that the kidnapper erased evidence unspecified in an effort to cover his tracks.
The sheriff’s office announced that firefighters found Amandeep Singh’s vehicle on fire. Merced Police Department officers went to the home of Amandeep Singh, in where a family member tried to contact Amandeep Singh and his wife. In the event that they were unable to contact the loved ones, they contacted authorities at the Merced County Sheriff’s office to inform them that they were missing, according to the office.
Merced County Sheriff Corey Gibson said a farmer discovered a cell phone that belonged to one victim on a road located in Dos Palos, a town 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Merced, and rang that number when the family rang it.