DNA of missing baby Ember Graham is confirmed to have been found on a pacifier that police discovered lying on a road in Ono, California. KRCR 7 News reports that the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that toxicology tests revealed Ember Skye Graham’s DNA was on the pacifier nipple. The object was found off Platina Road on July 10.
As the Inquisitr previously reported. baby Ember went missing on July 2 and her father, Matthew Graham, was a person of interest. The 23-year-old was killed during a police shootout in Dunsmuir not long after deputies found the pacifier. He absconded authorities with his mother’s cash and handgun, leading police on a 3-day manhunt that eventually concluded with him exchanging gunfire with police. Autopsy results showed that he died of “multiple gunshot wounds” from the shootout. Redding.com reports that 13 of the law enforcement officers directly involved in the two separate shootouts with Graham are on paid leave during the investigation.
Officials with the sheriff’s department haven’t released details specifically about where Ember Graham’s pacifier was found on the road. Finding the baby’s DNA may help authorities determine where the missing 6-month-old could be. The likelihood of finding her alive grows slimmer with each day. It’s been a whole week since searchers began combing through isolated areas around Platina Road, which lies north of Highway 36 and about 20 to 25 miles southwest of central Redding.
A reward of $10,000 is being offered through Secret Witness of Shasta County for anyone with information that leads to Ember Graham’s whereabouts. Information and tips can be given anonymously to Secret Witness at 243-2319, or online at www.scsecretwitness.com.
Additionally, anyone with information about Ember Graham is urged to call the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at 245-6135, or Sheriff’s Records at 245-6025. Information can may also be sent to Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another missing child case occurred recently when a 2-year-old boy disappeared while camping with his family in Leadore, Idaho. The search for DeOrr Kunz Jr. continues and is narrowed to a reservoir where dogs picked up a scent, but divers didn’t find anything. The Inquisitr is also in the middle of covering this developing story. An update reveals that the parents are cooperating fully with police and refuse to leave the campsite until their son is found; he went missing on July 10. His grandfather believed he was being watched by his parents, but the parents thought the grandfather was watching him.
[Photo Credit: KRCR 7 News]