WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police have publicly identified a Kansas woman who was killed and whose newborn girl is missing as Laura Abarca-Nogueda.
Police said Friday that Abarca-Nogueda’s boyfriend returned home from work on Thursday to find her shot dead in their Wichita, Kansas, home and their newborn daughter missing. They say the FBI has joined the search for the week-old girl, Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca.
Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says the girl’s father isn’t considered a suspect. She says authorities haven’t issued an Amber Alert seeking the public’s help in finding Sofia because investigators haven’t identified a suspect, which is required for such alerts.
Police Lt. Todd Ojile said during a news conference Friday that the week-old infant’s father returned home from work Thursday to find the girl missing and her 27-year-old mother dead. He says the child is believed to be in danger.
Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says the girl’s father isn’t considered a suspect.
Authorities haven’t released the name of the parents, but they released the name of the girl, Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca.
Woodrow says authorities have not issued an Amber Alert seeking the public’s help in finding Sofia because investigators haven’t identified a suspect, which is required for such alerts.
The Wichita Eagle reports that a relative found the woman dead Thursday in her apartment. Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says the woman’s daughter, Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca, is “considered missing and endangered.”
Police want to talk to anyone with a relationship to the victim. Police sent out an alert Thursday night saying the driver of a purple Cadillac who was a person of interest in the case has been found and questioned. He is not considered to be a suspect.
Woodrow says the child’s father also isn’t considered a suspect.
Police didn’t immediately return phone or email messages from The Associated Press.
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