Kidnapped Girl Escapes Alabama Home, Leads Police To Scene Where They Find Bodies: Report

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Source: Tallapoosa County Jail; UNSPLASH

Aug. 4 2022, Published 2:10 p.m. ET

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Two decomposing bodies were found inside a home in Alabama after a kidnapped girl managed to chew threw her restraints and flee the residence, authorities said.

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On Aug. 1, the 12-year-old child escaped a mobile home located in rural Tallapoosa County and a driver phoned 911 after spotting her walking alone on a road around 8 a.m., Alabama News Network reported.

According to court document obtained by the station, the girl was forced to drink alcohol to keep her in a drugged state, and she was assaulted and tied to a bed post during her time in captivity.

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“We gave her medical attention,” Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said, calling the child a “hero” and noting that she's “safe now.”

After the girl’s escape, officers arrested Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, and charged him with kidnapping.

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During the investigation, detectives found two decomposing bodies inside the trailer — the girl’s 14-year-old brother as well as her mother, the suspect’s girlfriend, Sandra Vazquez Ceja, The New York Times reported.

Pascual-Reyes was charged with capital murder – kidnapping and capital murder – two or more persons, as well as abuse of a corpse in connection with the mother and son's deaths.

The court records state the suspect allegedly kidnapped the young girl around July 24 and held her hostage. About the same time, the suspect is accused of bludgeoning to death her teenage brother and using a pillow to smother her mother.

Pascual-Reyes then dismembered the victims’ bodies, court records show.

He is being held without bond.


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