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Cops question father's story about missing Detroit toddler Bianca Jones

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Cops question father's story about missing Detroit toddler Bianca Jones

Post by Guest on 07.12.11 21:51

Police search for missing 2-year-old girl in Detroit


By the CNN Wire Staff

December 7, 2011 -- Updated 1503 GMT (2303 HKT)


Detroit police are searching for 2-year-old Bianca Jones, who has been missing since Friday.



(CNN) -- Police on Tuesday scoured the area in Detroit where Bianca Jones was last reported seen, searching for any signs of the missing 2-year-old girl.

Bianca was reportedly traveling with her father in a 2004 silver Mercury Grand Marquis on Friday when they were carjacked, said Sgt. Eren Stephens, a spokeswoman with Detroit police.

"The suspect took off in the car with her in it," she said, citing what the father told authorities.

The vehicle was subsequently recovered, but the girl remains missing.

However, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said in a statement over the weekend that the "authenticity and credibility of the original version of events is under intense scrutiny by our investigative team," seeming to suggest that police do not believe what the father told them happened.

"At this time, we're looking at everything," Stephens said.

Bianca is described as African-American, 2 feet, 5 inches tall, 25 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink dress, pink tights, pink shoes and a purple coat, according to an Amber Alert issued last week by the Michigan State Police.

Her father, D'Andre Lane, spoke to HLN's Nancy Grace on Tuesday night, begging whoever took his daughter to bring her back.

"I don't care about anything else that's going on right now but my daughter's safe return home to her family," he said. "I just want my daughter back home."

Lane appeared alongside his attorney, Terry L. Johnson, who said his client gave police permission to enter his home and has fully cooperated in the investigation.

Stephens declined to say whether police have searched Lane's house.

"My daughter is a beautiful little girl. She has a bright personality. She's the type of person that lights up a room when she walks in it. She's very intelligent," Lane told HLN's Grace. "She's just a wonderful little girl to be around."

About 150 volunteers turned out on Monday to help look for Bianca, said Stephens, who also declined to comment on whether they or police had found anything useful.

She urged anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of the little girl to contact Detroit police.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/06/justice/michigan-missing-girl/index.html




Cops question father's story about missing Detroit toddler Bianca Jones

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Bianca Jones
(Credit: CBS Detroit)

(CBS/AP) DETROIT - Police in Detroit are seeking volunteers to help search for 2-year-old Bianca Jones who has been missing since Friday. They are also looking more closely at the story her father is telling about her disappearance.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Jones' father, D'Andre Lane, told police that that Bianca was in the car with him around 9:45 a.m. Friday. He said said he encountered two men who told him he had a problem with his taillight, and when he got out to look, they stole the car - with the child still strapped in the seat.


The car was later found.

However, police are now questioning Lane's version of events. He was in custody on unrelated charges Saturday.

Chief Ralph Godbee said that "the authenticity and credibility of the original version of events" are "under intense scrutiny" from detectives.


Meanwhile, Bianca's uncle, Gerry Weaver, Jr., told the Detroit Free Press that the girl's disappearance has torn the family apart.


"Everything is confusing and cloudy," said Weaver, describing Lane as a longstanding member of the family. "Half of the family believes Dre, and the other half have their doubts."


The Free Press also reports that Lane spend time behind bars after being arrested in 2003 on gun and drug-related charges.


Weaver told the paper that Lane was "trying to straighten out his legal problems and arrange his life so he could spend more time with Bianca."

CBS Detroit reports that a $17,500 reward is being offering for information leading to the girl's whereabouts.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57336650-504083/cops-question-fathers-story-about-missing-detroit-toddler-bianca-jones/?tag=contentMain;contentBody

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Re: Cops question father's story about missing Detroit toddler Bianca Jones

Post by Marian on 08.12.11 9:57

[quote="candyfloss"]Police search for missing 2-year-old girl in Detroit


"My daughter is a beautiful little girl. She has a bright personality. She's the type of person that lights up a room when she walks in it. She's very intelligent," Lane told HLN's Grace. "She's just a wonderful little girl to be around."

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/06/justice/michigan-missing-girl/index.html

Oh dear, where have we heard such a rose-coloured description of a child before? Sadly, I can't think of any genuine cases of car hijacking where a child was not still in the car when it was found.

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