Missing California family found dead

The four members of a Californian family missing for several days were found dead on Wednesday. CCTV footage shows them being kidnapped by a masked man.

Tragic outcome in California. The four members of a family missing for several days were found dead on Wednesday night. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke confirmed the sad news at a news conference. “Our greatest fear has been confirmed,” he told the media, quoted by “USA Today.”

The investigation of the disturbing case began on Monday, when relatives of the victims reported their disappearance, claiming that they were kidnapped against their will. A possible suspect was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday. However, he is currently in hospital after having attempted suicide after the intervention of the police who came to arrest him.

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A man suspected of kidnapping and killing a family in California, caught on surveillance cameras the day of the kidnapping.

© Merced County Sheriff’s Office via AP

Authorities, however, have not said if he is the masked man seen on CCTV footage threatening the family and forcing them into a vehicle. “There are no words to describe the anger I feel for this senseless act,” reacted the sheriff who declared that there is “a special place in hell for this guy.”

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A crime still unexplained

Authorities have released the names of the missing persons. They are Jasleen Kaur, 27, Jasdeep Singh, 36, and his son Aroohi Dheri, 8 months, as well as the baby’s uncle, Amandeep Singh, 39. “We don’t have a clear motivation. We just know they are missing,” the sheriff said earlier this week in a video message posted on Facebook. A vehicle belonging to one of the family members was found burned to the ground Monday night. It was for this reason that the security forces determined that the four victims had been kidnapped. Police also discovered that one of the victims’ credit cards had been used Tuesday night at an ATM in a small town in northwest County.

What’s next after this announcement?

What’s next after this announcement?

Still looking for a motive for this crime, the bailiff said it’s probably a financial story. Investigators added that the possible suspect, Jesús Manuel Salgado, 48, may not have acted alone. “I strongly believe that at least one other person is involved, but we have no evidence to prove it, it’s just the circumstances that lead us to believe that,” Sheriff Warnke said. He went on to say “hope for answers” as Jesus Manuel Salgado was still in critical condition in hospital on Wednesday.

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