DETROIT (WWJ) – Dozens of volunteers joined Detroit police in a wide spread search Monday for 2-year-old 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 these people that are volunteering and helping and looking for my baby and praying for me,” said Jones. “I can feel that and I wanna say thank you so much and … please continue keep searching for Bianca. We love her and we want her home.”
Bianca has been missing since Friday when her father called police and said he was carjacked and his daughter was still in the back seat. Police recovered the car but the little girl was not inside.
Police said Bianca may have been wearing a purple jacket and pink tights. Her hair is in braids.
She was allegedly abducted by a 25-30 year old black male, 6 foot tall, 190 pounds, with some facial hair and a medium skin tone. He was last seen wearing a brown and black baseball style cap, black coat and dark pants. A hand gun was seen by a witness.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee says the search for the child is of the highest priority, adding that authenticity and credibility of the original version of events in under intense scrutiny by investigators.
Police have been going door-to-door. On Monday, searchers were split into groups of about 10 people and assigned blocks to canvass.
Anyone with information on the alleged victim, abductor or vehicle, is asked to immediately call 911, the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-2260 or CrimeStoppers at 1 (800) – Speak-Up.
A reward of more than $17,000 is being offered for tips leading to Bianca’s safe return.