AMBER Alert: Vallejo kidnapping suspect shot dead, teen still missing

VALLEJO (KRON) — The search continues for a missing 15-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted in Vallejo on Wednesday, Solano County sheriff’s officials said.

The suspected kidnapper, 19-year-old Fernando Castro, was killed in a shootout with police Thursday afternoon after an Amber Alert was issued for Pearl Pinson.

Pinson disappeared under suspicious circumstances just before 7 a.m. Wednesday. Police received calls about shots fired near the Interstate 780 pedestrian overcrossing in Vallejo.

A wintess reported seeing a white female being pulled by a Hispanic male on the over-crossing. The females face was bleeding and she was yelling for someone to help. The Hispanic male had a firearm in his hand. As the witness ran for help, a shot was heard.

When deputies arrived, they said they found possible blood on the ground but did not find anyone in the area.

Castro was then spotted driving a 1997 Saturn in San Luis Obispo County on Thursday. He fled, leading to a pursuit that ended in the Los Alamos area of Santa Barbara County.

Castro drove into a residential area, got out of the car and ran into a nearby mobile home. A woman was inside at the scene but was able to run out safely, sheriff’s officials said.

The suspect then stole a truck and soon afterward fired at law enforcement officers, who returned fire and killed him.

The missing girl was not spotted during the incident with the suspect on Thursday, according to reports.

Sheriff’s officials said that while investigators process the scene in Santa Barbara County, the focus of the investigation is now to find Pearl and that the search has expanded to Marin County after a license plate reader there captured the 1997 Saturn traveling in the area of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge around 9:30 a.m. Thursday

“The search has expanded exponentially,” Castillo said. “There is a significant amount of area to cover.”

Sheriff’s officials said they believe Pearl and Castro were acquaintances but that she did not go willingly with him.

Pearl is described as a girl with green hair who was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call (707) 784-1963. Someone with urgent information about her whereabouts is urged to call 911 or their local law enforcement agency.

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