Teen’s location still a mystery after her kidnapper shot dead–but backpack may hold clues

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Although police have called off their intense search for kidnapped Northern California teenager Pearl Pinso, 15, they continue looking for clues and are asking for the public’s help.

Of special interest is the backpack the girl had in her possession at the time of her kidnapping, and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of the item as well as Pinso on its Facebook page, according to The Los Angeles Times.

“We also are asking anyone who may find a backpack abandoned like the one pictured to call us,” the sheriff said.

The search began when a witness observed Pinso being forcibly dragged away by an armed man at a pedestrian bridge that crosses an interstate highway. She was reportedly bleeding and screaming for help. The witness then heard a gunshot and ran to call police.

Her abductor turned out to be 19-year-old Fernando Castro, and within hours of issuing an Amber alert, Castro was spotted. As police followed, he crashed into a barricade at a mobile home park and stole another vehicle.

Deputies closed in, gunfire was exchanged and was eventually killed from multiple gunshot wounds.

Since his death, authorities are pinning their hopes on someone locating the teen’s backpack. Anyone finding that or any other piece of evidence are urged to call tip line at (707) 784-1963.

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