Suspect in killing of Merced family

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An official arrest was made in the case late Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office, of a suspect who had already been detained in relation to the kidnapping and murder of four California family members (Merced family), including a baby girl.

According to Alexandra Britton, a spokeswoman for the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, Jesus Manuel Salgado, 48, was detained on suspicion of four charges of murder and four crimes of kidnapping.

Salgado is suspected of killing the four on the same day that he allegedly abducted them from the victims’ central California family trucking business, including 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri’s parents, Jasleen Kaur and Jasdeep Singh, and her uncle Amandeep Singh.

The bodies of the four people were discovered on Wednesday evening in Merced County in central California. A farmworker had reportedly discovered at least some of the bones in an orchard there.

A visibly upset sheriff who described the killings as “absolutely and totally senseless” made the announcement of the discovery on Wednesday, which came one day after Salgado was taken into custody as a suspect.

Vern Warnke, the sheriff for Merced County, said of the suspect on Wednesday night: “There’s a special place in hell for this guy.

The family was taken from their trucking company in Merced on Monday morning at gunpoint, according to investigators. The kidnapping was caught on a surveillance camera. When a family car was discovered abandoned and on fire that morning, investigators reported they discovered the missing persons.

Salgado was apprehended by police on Tuesday after his family informed authorities that he had admitted to taking part in the kidnapping, according to Britton.

When we are able to expose everything, the circumstances around this should enrage you to no end, Warnke stated.

The suspect has been receiving medical care and made an attempt at suicide before being apprehended, according to Warnke.

Warnke declined to specify how the family was killed. He claimed that it appeared the family was murdered when they were discovered before the sheriff’s office was notified that they were missing on Monday.

According to Warnke, who did not detail the scope of that involvement, Salgado is the primary suspect in the deaths, but authorities think others may also have been involved.

Warnke asserted, “I strongly believe that we will discover and discover that there was more than just him participating.

Officials are collaborating with him to find motivation because he has been offering information to investigators, according to Warnke.

According to the sheriff’s office, Salgado has been placed in the Merced County Jail. His lawyer has not been located by CNN and attempts to reach family members have been unsuccessful.

Records from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation show that Salgado served almost ten years in jail after being found guilty of attempted false imprisonment, first-degree robbery, and possession of a controlled narcotic.

Salgado received an 11-year term in the prior case in January 2007. His parole supervision concluded in June 2018 after he was freed on parole in June 2015, the department said to CNN in an email.

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