A statewide Amber Alert that had been issued for a child who was abducted by her father in Sacramento was canceled tonight after they were both found dead inside his vehicle, FBI officials said. Mourad Samaan, 49, of Sacramento took his 2-year-old daughter Madeline Samaan-Fey on Sunday. At about 8 p.m. tonight, his green Toyota 4Runner was located in a remote area of El Dorado County near Placerville with both bodies inside, according to the FBI.
The cause and time of their deaths are unknown. Samaan had shared joint custody of Madeline with her mother and was served a legal notice to return the child late last week, FBI officials said. The mother reported the child missing Sunday to Sacramento police, who worked in conjunction with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI on the case. The FBI encourages anyone with information related to this case to call (916) 481-9110.
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