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Californian kidnap and murder suspect was in 'nasty' feud with the family

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 08/10/2022 Anna Martin

The four members of a Californian family who were kidnapped and found dead were killed by a former employee, authorities have said.

An eight-month-old baby, her parents, and her uncle were all taken from their family-run trucking business on Monday according to the sheriff's office. Surveillance footage from outside showed a man armed with a gun forcing the family into a truck and zip-tying two members' hands together before making his getaway.

A former employee of the family's trucking business and now suspect in the case, Jesus Manuel Salgado, had a falling out with the family that turned deadly, according to Sheriff Verne Warnke.

Speaking to The Associated Press, the sheriff said that after leaving the company Salgado had feuded with family, with things getting 'pretty nasty', and claimed that he had sent several emails and texts expressing his anger about their disagreement.

Kidnapped Californian family of four found dead two days after abduction Pic: Merced County sheriff's office/Facebook © Provided by Evoke.ie Kidnapped Californian family of four found dead two days after abduction Pic: Merced County sheriff's office/Facebook

On Wednesday night sheriff Warnke confirmed the family's deaths saying: 'Our worst fears have been confirmed. Horribly, horribly senseless what happened here.'

The police confirmed the identities of the four bodies to be eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her mother, Jasleen Kaur, her father, Jasdeep Singh, and her uncle, Amandeep Singh. They were all found in the same general area by a farm worker.

'There are no words to describe the anger I feel, the senseless of this incident,' sheriff Warnke told reporters. 'I said it earlier, there’s a special place in hell for this guy, and I mean it.'

A family spokesperson revealed that baby Aroohi Dheri was left in a field and later died due to exposure. Speaking to ABC 30 the sheriff condemned the horrific actions he had witnessed at the crime scene.

Amandeep Singh. Kidnapped Californian family of four are found dead two days after abduction. Pic: Merced County sheriff's office/Facebook © Provided by Evoke.ie Amandeep Singh. Kidnapped Californian family of four are found dead two days after abduction. Pic: Merced County sheriff's office/Facebook

'What was reported to me with the infant was just unimaginable,' he said.

Salgado was taken into custody after he attempted to take his own life at home in Atwater, California ,before being contacted by law enforcement. He was later taken to the hospital and sedated.

His brother Alberto Salgado has also been arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy, accessory, and destroying evidence.

A person of interest has been identified and taken into custody, Jesus Manuel Salgado Pic: Merced County sheriff's office/Facebook © Provided by Evoke.ie A person of interest has been identified and taken into custody, Jesus Manuel Salgado Pic: Merced County sheriff's office/Facebook

Salgado previously had a run-in with the law in 2005 when he was convicted of armed robbery and false imprisonment as he held someone against their will.

He was taken into custody when detectives received word that someone had been using one of the victim's ATM cards at an Atwater bank.

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