comscore Manhunt launched for father of missing baby in California | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Manhunt launched for father of missing baby in California

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    This undated Graham family photo shows 6-month-old Ember Skye Graham. The search for the missing baby is in its fifth day in Northern California, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Monday, July 6, 2015.

  • This undated photo released by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office shows, Matthew Graham, 23, the subject of a manhunt after he stole a gun and fled. Graham is considered a person of interest in the disappearance of his 6-month-old daughter in Northern California, authorities said. (Shasta County Sheriff's Office/The Record Searchlight via AP)
[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]

ONO, Calif. » A father considered a person of interest in the disappearance of his 6-month-old daughter in Northern California became the subject of a manhunt after he stole a gun and fled, authorities said Saturday.

Matthew Graham, 23, skipped a meeting with his probation officer and stole a semi-automatic pistol from his mother after learning new information about the probe, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said.

Bosenko said deputies had spoken to Graham’s mother and the baby’s mother about a pacifier found in the sparsely populated Ono area Friday.

The Record Searchlight reports that shortly afterward, Graham’s mother called and reported her gun, cellphone and cash stolen and her son missing.

"Matthew has violated his probation. He is a felon in possession of a gun and should be considered armed and dangerous," Bosenko said.

Graham reported his daughter’s disappearance from his Happy Valley home in the early-morning hours of July 2, telling authorities she was abducted from her crib. He became a person of interest after giving inconsistent statements to investigators.

He was jailed on an unrelated probation violation stemming from driving under the influence and a forgery conviction, but was released this week after pleading guilty.

A judge ruled that he didn’t have to wear a monitoring bracelet after settling the case.

"The court made a bad decision in ordering Graham’s GPS to be removed and now the public is in danger," Bosenko said.

Meanwhile, a search was continuing in the Ono area for the infant after the discovery of the pacifier. Bosenko said the pacifier resembled Ember’s and will be put through DNA testing.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments have been disabled for this story...

Scroll Up