Twelve Year Old Girl Escapes Abductor, Leads Police to Two Bodies

A case of a 12-year-old girl who had been held captive in a rural Alabama home has led to an inquiry that resulted in the discovery of two decomposing remains at the property where she had been detained.

According to Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett, deputies were summoned just before 8:30 a.m. in response to a complaint of a 12-year-old girl strolling down the road, to County Road 34, just south of Dadeville. 

For everything she had to go through, Abbett dubbed the youngster a “hero.” 

According to court documents, the young girl had been chained to bedposts for about a week. 

The young girl was assaulted and alcohol was used to keep her incapacitated throughout that period.

The court documents revealed that the child was only able to escape after biting through her shackles.

Deputies found two dead bodies inside the house. 

However, it was still unknown how long the bodies have been there.

According to Abbett, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has subsequently received the victims’ remains for autopsies and identification.

Abbett added that the affidavit allowed the sheriff’s department to arrest 37-year-old José Paulino Pascual-Reyes and complete a search of his home, located in the 3500 block of County Road 34.

The Auburn Police Department and the U.S. Marshals apprehended Reyes on a charge of kidnapping. 

Additional capital murder charges, according to district attorney Jeremy Duerr, were “multiple” likely.

Reyes was driven to the Tallapoosa County Jail, where he is awaiting a hearing on his bond.


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