Kidnapped Girl Who Chewed Off Restraints To Escape Led Authorities To Find Two Dead Bodies

A 12-year-old Alabama girl escaped her kidnapper on August 1, 2022, leading police to discover the deceased bodies of a 29-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy.

August 04, 2022
José Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, was arrested and he has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, abuse of corpse, and capital murder.

A 12-year-old Alabama girl escaped her kidnapper on August 1, 2022, leading police to discover the deceased bodies of a 29-year-old woman and 14-year-old boy at the home she escaped.

Photo by: Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Office

Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Office

On August 1, 2022, a kidnapped 12-year-old girl from Alabama managed to chew her way through her restraints and escape, leading officers to make a deadly discovery.

Court documents said the girl had been abducted on July 24 and tied to bed posts for about a week while she was assaulted and given alcohol to keep her in a drugged state.

The girl managed to get free and escape by chewing through her restraints, breaking her braces in the process, the documents said. Deputies who found her noticed she had marks on her wrists where she had been restrained.

On August 1, a driver found the girl walking alone along County Road 34 in Dadeville, Alabama and stopped to help her before calling the police.

When law enforcement officials visited the suspect's home in rural Alabama, they found the dead bodies of a woman and a juvenile there. Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett called the child a “hero” for the information that led to this gruesome discovery.

The female victim has been identified as 29-year-old Sandra Vazquez Ceja. The bodies of Ceja and the 14-year-old boy were reportedly "cut into small pieces at the joints to hide evidence," according to the Associated Press. Ceja was smothered with a pillow and the boy, identified only by initials, was hit and kicked to death, documents showed.

The alleged kidnapper, José Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, was arrested and he has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, abuse of corpse, and capital murder, according to The New York Times. He is being held without bond.

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