ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Officials with the FBI say that no Amber Alert has been issued in the case of a missing southeast Missouri 3-year-old girl because all criteria for the alert has not been met.
When asked why there was not an Amber Alert issued for Breeann Rodriguez, the FBI said that would mean nationwide coverage on the search. It says that an Amber Alert needs to meet two pieces of criteria: first, there needs to be reasonable believe that the child has been kidnapped. Second, there needs to be a suspect description, and in this case, there is none.
There was a white van with a ladder on the back and no windows seen near the area. The FBI says the van is not a suspect van, just one of many possible leads.
SENATH, Mo. (AP) -- Investigators in southeast Missouri are hopeful that new evidence will help them find 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez.
The girl was last seen Saturday riding a bike with training wheels in front of her home in Senath. Special Agent Dennis L. Baker of the FBI St. Louis division announced on Thursday that two bicycle training wheels had been found. The wheels could possibly be from the bicycle that disappeared along with Breeann.
Breeann's father has seen the training wheels and believes they belong to his daughter because of how he manipulated the wheels and bike to lower it for Breeann's height. The wheels were found in an area with heavy brush located on County Highway 568, east of Buffalo Ditch in Dunklin County, approximately two miles southeast of Breeann's home in Senath, Missouri.
Law enforcement search teams continue to comb the area and police said the have been many leads. Investigators are trying to track down a white cargo van that was seen in the area just day prior to Breeann disappearing. The full-size, older model van may or may not have a ladder mounted on the back.
A $45,000 reward is being offered in the case. Breeann's parents have pleaded for her return.
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Information from: Daily Dunklin Democrat, http://www.dddnews.com