Man in custody as search for kidnapped California family continues, deputies say
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove an image shared by local authorities that has since been retracted.
MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The Merced County Sheriff’s Office says it has a person of interest in custody in the kidnapping of four family members from a business on Monday.
Officials named 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado as a person of interest in the kidnapping of 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 39-year-old Amandeep Singh, and 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri.
Investigators believe the family was taken against their will from their family-owned business “Unison Trucking” in Merced. A man spotted on surveillance video was believed to have been responsible for the kidnapping.
On Tuesday morning, investigators said they learned that one of the victim’s debit cards had been used at an ATM in Atwater.
Detectives said the person who used the card looked similar in appearance to the individual seen on the surveillance video that was captured during the kidnapping.
With the help of other agencies, authorities were able to identify the man as Salgado.
Officials said he tried to take his own life before they took him into custody. Salgado is now receiving treatment at a local hospital, where officials said he is in critical condition.
Authorities are still working to find all four of the kidnapping victims.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a press conference at 10:00 a.m. PT Wednesday to provide updates on the case.
Anyone with information about the kidnapping or information about the victims’ whereabouts is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 385-7547.
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