VIDEO: Sheriff’s deputies asking for public’s help in finding missing teen

New photo has been released by officials of Pearl Pinson's backpack

This undated photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office shows Pearl Pinson. Authorities are hoping to find the missing teenage girl alive as they frantically search a wide swath of California for her Friday, May 27, 2016, a day after the man suspected of abducting her died in a shootout with police. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office via AP)


SOLANO COUNTY (KRON) — Solano County sheriff’s deputies are still trying to figure out what happened to 15-year-old Pearl Pinson who went missing last week. On Tuesday, law officials started reaching out to Bay Area businesses for clues to her disappearance.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in telling them where 19-year-old Fernando Castro took Pinson after driving with her out of Vallejo in a gold Saturn.

The Solano County Sheriff’s office asked Bay Area businesses to check their surveillance cameras for Castro’s gold Saturn between Wednesday at 7 a.m. to Thursday at 9:15 a.m.

A witness reported seeing a Hispanic man dragging the teenager across Interstate 780 in Vallejo around 7 a.m. last Wednesday.

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A black and turquoise backpack similar to the one Pinson had when she disappeared.

Castro drove to Santa Barbara County and stole a Toyota truck. He was later killed in a shootout with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies in the city of Solvang, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities have searched for Pinson in the city of Jenner in Solano County after information from Castro’s cell phone led them to the area.

Investigators have released a photo of the stickers on Castro’s car as well as a black and turquoise backpack similar to the one Pinson had when she disappeared.

Pinson is described as 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a gray sweater and black leggings.

Anyone with any information about Pinson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Solano County Sheriff’s office.



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