Search Continues for Missing Teen

Police in Vallejo, California, are still looking for a missing 15-year-old lady after a shootout killed the suspected abductor.

Pearl Pinson was seen last at around 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in a showdown with 19-year-old Fernando Castro on a pedestrian bridge above Interstate 780. As indicated by a report by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, a witness told authorities that Pearl was being dragged by Castro. She was bleeding from her face as she called out for help. The witness also claimed Castro was holding a gun.

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Pearl Pinson


As the witness left to get help, he heard what seemed like a firearm discharge. Representatives discovered blood on the ground of the scene upon landing; however, they couldn’t tell whether or not Pearl was shot.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office believe they could track Castro’s 1996 four-door Saturn down, seen Thursday morning on surveillance cameras close to the San Rafael overpass in Marin County.

An Amber Alert issued later that morning assisted authorities in spotting Castro driving southbound on California’s Highway 101, prompting a fast pursue that finished when Castro slammed before a trailer house.

Search for Missing Pearl Pinson


As indicated by a Facebook post by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, subsequent to blockading himself inside somebody’s home—he female resident of which he fled to safety—Castro rose with a weapon and shot at officers. He then stole a grey Toyota Tundra truck from the house and endeavored to head out before an exchange of gunfire happened. Castro was lethally shot, the sheriff’s office said. Luckily, no innocent civilians or law enforcement officers were harmed.

Searching for Pearl

Pearl was most recently seen wearing a grey sweater and dark tights while conveying a black-and-turquoise backpack. She is depicted as white, 5 feet 3 inches tall, at roughly 130 pounds. Her hair is brown in color, though dyed partially green.

While Pearl’s relatives were not able distinguish an association among her and Castro, agents said they are convinced they knew each other.

Pearl Pinson

“The number one priority at this stage of the investigation is locating the kidnapping victim,” authorities said. 

Castro’s car possessed evidence that is still being obtained.



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