Central Valley family, including 8-month-old child, kidnapped, officials say

A Central Valley family of four, including an 8-month-old child, was kidnapped on Monday, by a person the sheriff’s office believes to be armed and dangerous. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said the family was taken against their will from a business in the 800 block of South Highway 59 in the south Merced area of ​​the county.The family was identified as 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her 27-year -old mother Jasleen Kaur, her 36-year-old father Jasdeep Singh, and her 39-year-old uncle Amandeep Singh.The sheriff’s office released two images of a person they believe to be the abductor, describing him as having a shaved head and wearing a hoodie.Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke in a video update said there are signs indicating that the “individuals involved” destroyed evidence to cover their tracks. As of Monday night, Warnke also said that as of Monday night, no contact has been made about any demands or ransom.It is unknown if the family knew their kidnapper, but the sheriff’s office is urging people to not approach the family or kidnapper and to instead call 911 if spotted.Detectives are canvassing the area for leads, and Warnke said aircraft were also out to assist.Anyone with information is asked to call 209-385-7445.

A Central Valley family of four, including an 8-month-old child, was kidnapped on Monday, by a person the sheriff’s office believes to be armed and dangerous.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said the family was taken against their will from a business in the 800 block of South Highway 59 in the south Merced area of ​​the county.

The family was identified as 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaur, her 36-year-old father Jasdeep Singh, and her 39-year-old uncle Amandeep Singh.

The sheriff’s office released two images of a person they believe to be the abductor, describing him as having a shaved head and wearing a hoodie.

Merced County Sheriff’s Office

Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke in a video update said there are signs indicating that the “individuals involved” destroyed evidence to cover their tracks. As of Monday night, Warnke also said that as of Monday night, no contact has been made about any demands or ransom.

It is unknown if the family knew their kidnapper, but the sheriff’s office is urging people to not approach the family or kidnapper and to instead call 911 if spotted.

Detectives are canvassing the area for leads, and Warnke said aircraft were also out to assist.

Anyone with information is asked to call 209-385-7445.

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