Family of 4 missing after being ‘taken against their will’ in central California, officials say


Police are searching for a suspect who they say kidnapped four members of a family in Merced County, Calif., on Monday, investigators said.

The missing family includes 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur and Jasdeep Singh, and the child’s uncle Amandeep Singh, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook.

Amandeep Singh is missing along with his niece and her parents, investigators said.

The family is believed to have been “taken against their will” while at a business in the 800 block of South Highway 59 in Merced, which is in central California between Modesto and Fresno.

“We have no motivation behind it. We just know they’re gone, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said in a Facebook video message.

Warnke pleaded with people to come forward with any information they may have related to the kidnapping, saying there has been no known contact for ransom. “We have evidence indicating that the individuals involved destroyed evidence in an attempt to cover their tracks,” he added.

“It’s imperative that we get some information on this,” Warnke said. “People are going to work 24 hours on this until we get a break.”

Investigators released this photo of a man they said is the suspect in the kidnapping.

The suspect is described as a man with a shaved head and was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt, the sheriff’s office said. He is considered armed and dangerous, officials added.

CNN has reached out to the sheriff’s office for more information.

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