Kidnapped Punjabi family in California found dead in orchard


Four members of a Punjabi family from Harsi Pind village in Hoshiarpur living in California in the US, including an eight-month-old girl, who had been kidnapped, have been found dead in an orchard, news agency PTI said.

Eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri and her parents, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur and 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, were kidnapped at a business, a trucking company, from Merced County in Northern California on Monday. The baby’s uncle, 39-year-old Amandeep Singh, was also kidnapped, according to Merced County police.

Jasdeep’s parents Dr Randhir Singh and Kirpal Kaur are natives of Harsi Pind village in Tanda block of Hoshiarpur.

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Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said the bodies of the four were found on Wednesday evening in an orchard near Indiana Road & Hutchinson Road.  According to the police, a farm worker near the orchard found the bodies before contacting the authorities.

On Wednesday, the police had released a video showing the moment the family was kidnapped. The video shows Jasdeep and Amandeep coming out of the business with their hands tied together. A few seconds later, the baby and her mother can be seen coming out of the building with the kidnapper. All four members of the family were then led into a truck before departing the scene.

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“There are no words to describe the anger I feel,” Sherrif Warnke said during a press conference Wednesday evening, as quoted by news agency PTI.

A day after the family was kidnapped, the police took a suspected kidnapper – 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado – into custody who according to the cops tried to take his own life. Salgado is currently recovering at a hospital.

The Merced County police said that Salgado’s family contacted the cops and reported that he has confessed to his crime.