The frantic search for a teenage girl who was last seen being dragged, bleeding and screaming, by an armed acquaintance has shifted to a remote area in Northern California about 65 miles from where she was abducted.
The Solano County Sheriff's Office said Friday that new information was prompting investigators to focus their search for 15-year-old Pearl Pinson along a road that traverses Sonoma Coast State Park near the town of Jenner. The search on land and along a river was suspended at sundown and will resume Saturday morning.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Christine Castillo did not elaborate on what led investigators to the rural area, saying only that the strongest leads are there.
"Our number one priority is to bring her home to her family, and we do believe that is possible," Castillo said Friday evening at the search site. "There are indications she could be possibly injured, and that is still a concern. … We want to locate her and get her any medical attention she needs."
The search for the San Francisco Bay Area girl has been complicated by the death Thursday of the young man suspected of abducting her as she walked to school Wednesday.