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Search resumes in Sonoma County for abducted Vallejo teen Pearl Pinson

Castro was killed Thursday afternoon in a gunbattle with Southern California sheriff's deputies 300 miles to the south in Los Alamos, a city along Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County.

Authorities on Friday narrowed their frantic search for a missing teenager to a remote area about 65 miles from where she was last seen being dragged by an armed acquaintance who later died in a gun battle with police. Authorities searched the San Francisco Bay for the girl on Thursday morning before shifting their focus to Sonoma County.

The Solano County Sheriff's Department has suspended its search in the coastal town of Jenner for 15-year-old Pearl Pinson, who was last seen in Vallejo last Wednesday.

Fernando Castro, 19, is seen in a photo released by the Solano County Sheriff's Office.

The search for the missing girl has been complicated by the death Thursday of the young man suspected of abducting her Wednesday as she walked to school. "There are indications she could be possibly injured, and that is still a concern...." The witness said Pinson was bleeding from the face and her kidnapper was carrying a handgun.

The Amber Alert for Pearl Pinson will remain active but it is unclear if the investigators intend to begin searching elsewhere now that they have called off the search in Sonoma County.

The search for missing teen Pearl Pinson continue well into the Memorial Day Weekend.

Officials said the sheriff's departments in Solano, Sonoma and Marin will be involved in the search for Pearl Pinson, 15, Saturday.

Castro shot at officers and then drove to a trailer park where he attempted to get into a different vehicle before being shot dead, according to police.

Missing Vallejo teen Pearl Pinson, 15, is shown in this photo provided by authorities. Deputies spotted Castro in his gold Saturn sedan and attempted to stop him, leading to a high-speed chase.

Rose Pinson, the missing girl's older sister, said she had heard Castro's name but had never met him and described him as an acquaintance, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald. She also said Pinson's family has not given up hope that she will be found alive.



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