Reward Increases As FBI Searches Home of Missing Girl’s Father
DETROIT (WWJ) – FBI agents are searching the Detroit home of the father of a missing two-year-old girl.
Dozens of volunteers joined the FBI and Detroit police in a wide-spread search for Bianca Jones in the area of Woodward Avenue and Custer.
Bianca’s mother Banika Jones thanked the volunteers who gathered at Metropolitan United Methodist church before the search began.
“I can’t say thank you enough and how grateful I am to all of these people who are volunteering and helping …looking for my baby and praying. I can feel that and I say ‘thank you so much’ and please continue to keep searching for Bianca – we love her, we want her home,” said Banika Jones.
“I’ve got to stay strong for Bianca’s big sister, my daughter Bella, she needs me to be her mother still – she is with me at my home now and I have to stay strong for her, so I’m doing what I have to do … what I know I need to do to still be a good mother to her but I’m never losing sight or losing focus,” said Bianca’s mom.
Bianca’s Aunt, Kelly Jones, says people are looking for the little girl– even outside of the city.
“Everyone is reaching out – friends all over the world – people that I don’t know from California, Chicago … everywhere are just reaching out saying we are helping. I sent out an email to everyone that I know – they are printing out their own flyers, and putting them up in their own neighborhoods, doing their own search,” said Kelly Jones.
Detroit Police confirm that the father of missing two-year-old Bianca Jones has been released from the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac.
D’Andre Lane was arrested in Detroit on an unrelated warrant in Oakland County — after reporting his daughter was kidnapped during a carjacking on Friday.
Detroit investigators turned Lane over to Oakland County officials in connection with the alleged violation of a personal protection order.
The reward for the safe return of Bianca is now more than $22,000.