Matthew Graham is still at large, prompting a California manhunt for the father of a six-month-old baby.
The authorities have issued a warrant for Graham, who is the father of a baby who has been missing for the past two weeks. According to the Shasta County Sheriffs Department, Matthew is believed to be armed and attempting to evade arrest, News10 ABC reports.
Matthew apparently skipped a meeting with his probation officer and stole his mother’s gun before leaving town. It is believed that he chose to run after he found out about a new lead in the investigation into the whereabouts of his daughter, Ember Graham.
On July 2, Graham reported that his daughter, Ember, had been abducted from her crib. However, authorities quickly realized that his story did not add up as he continued to give inconsistent statements. On the night before Ember disappeared, Matthew was seen driving around with her in the car, trying to get her to sleep. When questioned about their drive, Matthew apparently lied about how long he had been driving and then refused to take a lie detector test, according to the New York Daily News.
Armed/dangerous..Matthew Graham..learning new info..stole 40-cal semiautomatic firearm/cash at 1:15pm..fled on foot http://t.co/LTdGfEuuIK
— Donna J (@JeedBe) July 12, 2015
“At this time we have not found any credible evidence supporting Matthew Graham’s account that Ember was abducted by a stranger or by anyone else,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement last week.
On Friday, Matthew’s mother was questioned about a pacifier that was found in a remote area near Ono, California, that may have belonged to Ember. When Graham heard that his mother had been questioned, the police said he took off with his mother’s .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a cellphone, and cash.
Currently, there are 70 searchers and canine teams working to scour the area of Ono, hoping to find any sign or clues into Ember’s whereabouts.
— Ericka So (@erickasoTV) July 12, 2015
“The court made a bad decision in ordering Graham’s GPS to be removed and now the public is in danger,” Bosenko said, according to the Record Searchlight. “Matthew has violated his probation. He is a felon in possession of a gun and should be considered armed and dangerous.”
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Ember Graham or Matthew Graham are being asked to contact the Shascom Dispatch Center at (530) 245-6540 or if an emergency 911.
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