Chilling Video Shows Kidnapping Of Indian-Origin Family, Later Found Dead
All four members of a Sikh family in California, including a baby, who were kidnapped earlier this week, were found dead at an orchard on Wednesday.
Eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaur, her father Jasdeep Singh, 36, and her uncle Amandeep Singh, 39, were kidnapped at a business in Merced County on Monday.
Hours before their bodies were found, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office had released chilling security footage of the moment the family was kidnapped.
The video, aired by American news networks, shows Jasdeep and Amandeep Singh coming out with their hands zip-tied together. Moments later, the kidnapper – he has a gun – leads Jasleen and her 8-month-old baby, Aroohi, out of the building into a truck.
The kidnapping surfaced when the police were alerted to a car on fire. The car belonged to Amandeep Singh. When the police found no one at his home, they contacted a relative, who couldn’t reach the family either. The family was reported missing. When security footage revealed kidnapping, the Sheriff’s office sought help from the public in an investigation that also involved the FBI and other agencies.
A farm worker near the orchard found the bodies last evening and immediately contacted the police. All the bodies were found close together.
The suspect, Jesus Manuel Salgado, was arrested on Tuesday and is in hospital after he tried to kill himself.
The sheriff’s office said his own family contacted authorities reporting that Salgado had admitted to them he was involved in the kidnapping.
“There’s a special place in hell for this guy,” said Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke on the suspect.
“There are no words to describe the anger I feel,” the Sheriff told reporters.
The family was from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur.