(PresidentialInsider.com)- A 3-year-old Afghan refugee has been missing since last Monday when she disappeared from the playground at her family’s apartment complex in San Antonio, Texas.
Local law enforcement along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are reviewing video footage from doorbell cameras and personal videos as part of the ongoing search for 3-year-old Lina Sardar Khil.
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the longer Lina is missing, the less hopeful law enforcement becomes.
An AMBER Alert was issued Monday night for Khil who was last seen between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the playground. According to McManus, Lina’s mother was with her at the playground but left briefly. When she returned, Lina was gone. Her mother assumed the child returned to their apartment and went to look for her there, but she wasn’t home.
McManus said there were several other children and adults on the playground at the time of Lina’s disappearance, and authorities are working on identifying them. When the search began, a K9 unit was able to pick up a scent but lost it. Since then, the K9s have not been able to pick it up again.
While police are uncertain if Lina wandered off or if she was kidnapped, her parents believe she was abducted. According to McManus, police are still treating the case as a missing person and not an abduction.
Lina and her family are Afghan refugees who arrived in San Antonio in 2019.
Last Monday, the Islamic Center of San Antonio offered a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to Lina’s recovery. By Thursday, this reward was increased to $20,000. In total, the reward for information leading to Lina’s recovery is now $85,000.
If Lina’s disappearance is an abduction and not a missing person case, Crime Stoppers of San Antonio is offering an additional $50,000 for information leading to an arrest in connection to the case.
On Friday, the community held a prayer vigil at a local Episcopal church as the search continued into the Christmas weekend.