VIDEO: New search in Sonoma County for missing Vallejo teen Pearl Pinson

 

 

(KRON/AP) — KRON4 has confirmed that there is a new search underway Friday afternoon for 15-year-old Pearl Pinson, the Vallejo teen kidnapped as she walked to school Wednesday morning.

The Solano County Sheriff’s department tells KRON4 News there is a search near Jenner, California in Sonoma County. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s department will be searching along the Willow Creek Road area in Jenner.

Authorities still hope to find the high school freshman alive days after the bleeding teenager was dragged away by an armed man later killed in a gunbattle with police.

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“This case spans from Northern to Southern California,” Solano County Sheriff spokeswoman Christine Castillo said.

On Wednesday, a witness saw 19-year-old  Fernando Castro armed with a gun and pulling a screaming Pinson across a freeway overpass in Vallejo. The witness reported hearing a gunshot while running for help.

19 year-old Fernando Castro of Vallejo
19 year-old Fernando Castro of Vallejo

Surveillance cameras captured images of Castro’s car traveling Thursday morning in Marin County, about 25 miles from where Pinson was taken and 300 miles south of where he shot and killed hours later. The gold Saturn sedan was spotted on a freeway near the San Francisco Bay, and authorities are searching the water’s edge.

Authorities said the two teens knew each other but emphasized that they believe Pinson was taken unwillingly. Rose Pinson, the missing girl’s older sister, said she had heard Castro’s name but had never met him and described him as an acquaintance, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald

“Everyone is looking for Pearl. We aren’t doing so good,” Rose Pinson said at a vigil Thursday. “She’s always happy, she loves to laugh, loves to ride her long skateboard.”

A witness saw Castro armed with a gun and pulling a screaming Pinson across a freeway overpass in Vallejo, about 25 miles east of San Francisco. The witness reported hearing a gunshot while running for help.

“We continue our search, and we hope to find her alive,” Solano County Sheriff Thomas Ferrara said.

Blood and Pearl Pinson’s cellphone were found on the pedestrian overpass where she was taken Wednesday. A day later and hundreds of miles away, Southern California sheriff’s deputies spotted and pursued Castro’s car.

Castro abandoned the sedan about 45 miles north of Santa Barbara and shot at deputies as he ran into a mobile home park, the sheriff said. He briefly barricaded himself there, but a woman inside was able to escape safely.

He stole a gray pickup truck from the house and opened fire at deputies again before they shot and killed him, authorities said.

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials said there is no indication Pinson is in Santa Barbara County.

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol units pursue a car being sought in a statewide Amber Alert in the disappearance of a Northern California 15-year-old girl, as it passes through Buellton on U.S. Highway 101 in Southern California Thursday, May 26, 2016. Fernando Castro was being sought and is believed to be the driver. (AP Photo Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol units pursue a car being sought in a statewide Amber Alert in the disappearance of a Northern California 15-year-old girl, as it passes through Buellton on U.S. Highway 101 in Southern California Thursday, May 26, 2016. Fernando Castro was being sought and is believed to be the driver. (AP Photo Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

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