A kidnapped girl’s escape in Alabama has led to the discovery of two decomposing bodies and the arrest of a man now facing murder and kidnapping charges, authorities said.Police got a call on Monday morning from a driver about a 12-year-old girl walking alone along County Road 34 in Dadeville, Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said at a news conference in the US.
A kidnapped girl’s escape in Alabama has led to the discovery of two decomposing bodies and the arrest of a man.The girl had been restrained to bed posts for about a week, according to a criminal complaint.She had chewed off her restraints – breaking her braces – and her wrists show marks consistent with restraint, it states.The 12-year-old had been given alcohol to stay “in a drugged state” and was assaulted in the “head area,” the complaint states.She had not been reported missing, the sheriff said.Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, was arrested on Monday about 40 kilometres away in Auburn on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping by US Marshals and police, the sheriff said, adding other agencies are also on the case.
José Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, is facing kidnapping charges and multiple counts of capital murder in connection to the bodies found at an Alabama home after a 12-year-old girl was discovered walking along a roadside early Monday in Dadeville, authorities said.
Police got a call on Monday morning from a driver about a 12-year-old girl walking alone along a road. (Nine)While searching Pascual-Reyes’ home, detectives found two decomposed bodies, the sheriff said.A forensics team is working to identify the corpses, he said, and how and when they died wasn’t immediately known.The sheriff further stated that “other people” were living in the residence.The sheriff did not say whether these people were being charged or held in connection with the alleged crimes at the residence.
Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett told reporters at a press conference that a driver picked up the girl and called 911 — setting off an investigation that led to Pascual-Reyes’ arrest and the gruesome discovery, AL.com reported.
Pascual-Reyes, who remains jailed pending a bond hearing, was arrested in Auburn. The bodies were found in his Dadeville home, not far from where the girl was discovered wandering alone.
“We’re looking at multiple counts of capital murder, along with kidnapping in the first degree,” Tallapoosa County District Attorney Jeremy Duerr said during the news conference.”And of course, once we continue and finish our investigation, I feel certain that several more charges will follow.”Pascual-Reyes awaits a bond hearing at the Tallapoosa County Jail, Abbett said. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.”This is horrendous to have a crime scene of this nature and also a 12-year-old juvenile to deal with this horrendous situation,” Abbett said, calling the girl “a hero.”While the Sheriff did not give any details about when the girl might have been kidnapped or any possible relationship with Pascual-Reyes, he did say she had received medical care and was doing well.”She’s safe now and … we want to keep her that way,” Abbett said.