Authorities found the house where a 12-year-old kidnapping victim was allegedly being held captive with two dead bodies after she managed to escape her kidnapper.
Sheriff Jimmy Abbett of Tallapoosa County, Alabama, said during a press conference on Tuesday stating that around 8:30 a.m. Monday, their office received a call from a motorist near 3547 County Road 34 in Dadeville, Alabama. The motorist had spotted the girl walking alone along the rural Alabama roadway and immediately picked up the child.
The girl directed the responding deputies to the mobile home where she was reportedly being held against her will after receiving medical attention from the responding deputies. Aided by the United States Marshals Service, local law enforcement officials immediately located and detained the culprit, 37-year-old José Paulino Pascual-Reyes.
Upon investigation, two dead bodies were found at the scene, Abbett said, and the rotting bodies discovered in the suspect’s residence were still being identified by the Tallapoosa County Sheriff Department’s forensics squad.
Prior to her escape, the girl was allegedly kept inebriated with drugs and alcohol for a week while being tied to a bedpost, according to court documents obtained by WRBL, the court filings for the case describe the markings deputies observed on the girl’s wrists.
She was able to eat through her bindings, the outlet added that the girl had chewed through her restraints to escape, breaking her braces in the process. Investigators believe the kidnapping occurred on July 24 and the girl was kept in captivity in Pascual-Reyes’ mobile home.
The charges against Pascua-Reyes include two counts of mistreatment of a corpse, three counts of capital murder, and one act of first-degree kidnapping.
“She’s safe now,” Abbett told reporters. “And we want to keep her that way.”
In anticipation of a bond hearing, Pascual-Reyes is being detained at the Tallapoosa County Jail. It wasn’t immediately obvious if he hired a lawyer or decided to plead guilty to the allegations.
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