Update: The Amber Alert for three-year-old Elinor Trotta has been cancelled. According to the New Jersey State Police Facebook page, Elinor was safely recovered in Massachusetts, and they have her father Michael Trotta in custody.
An Amber Alert has been issued for a three-year-old little girl from New Castle, Delaware.
According to NBC New York, the alert was issued for three-year-old Elinor Trotta on Monday night in Delaware, Ohio, and New Jersey.
Dawn Burkus, Elinor’s mother, reportedly called the police to report that her ex-boyfriend and Elinor’s father, Michael Trotta, had assaulted her and then left the home, taking Elinor with him. Authorities responded to the call in New Castle, Delaware, around 6:45 p.m. They believe that Trotta may be heading to New York City or New Jersey with the girl.
Michael is described as a 43-year-old white male, standing five feet, eight inches tall, approximately 160 pounds, with a balding short haircut. He is also described as having a scruffy beard and mustache, and he was last seen wearing all black clothing.
Elinor is a young white female. She weighs approximately 60 pounds and has brown shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a puffy purple coat, pink pants, and Frozen-themed sneakers.
Michael fled with Elinor in a 1989 gray Mazda 626, and was last seen early Tuesday morning, before 6:45 a.m. Police located the Mazda, and said Michael may be traveling with an unnamed white female. He is now believed to be driving a red SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, according to Philly.
During a news conference on Tuesday morning, Burkus pleaded to the public for the safe return of her little girl.
“I’m just begging anybody who knows where she is or him or whoever’s helping him, please bring her home. I don’t care how he does it, just bring her home.
Mommy loves you. We have a routine every night and she’s out of that routine and my heart is just broken.”
The FBI has now become involved in the investigation and say that Elinor is in imminent danger. “Michael is considered armed and dangerous,” Col. Elmer Setting of the New Castle police said at the press conference.
Based on several statements made by Michael on the night of the kidnapping, the New Jersey State police said the situation is “extreme” and there could be “extraordinary threat to life or property.” They would not elaborate on the statements Michael made.
Anyone with any information regarding the location of Elinor and Michael are being asked to contact the New Castle police at 302-573-2800 or dial 911 immediately. You can also visit www.nccpd.com.
[Photo via Facebook/New Jersey State Police]