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Missing-Abducted Toddler Daphne Webb

John Web reported his daughter missing on July 10, 2013.

John Web reported his daughter missing on July 10, 2013.

Police in Oakland, Calif., are still searching for a 21-month-old girl, Daphne Webb, reported missing from her father’s parked car in East Oakland on July 10, 2013. Surveillance video indicated that the child may have been abducted.

Daphne’s father, John Webb, called police late Wednesday morning after reportedly leaving her in the car with his mentally disabled mother, while Webb shopped in a nearby supermarket. He has since been arrested on charges of child endangerment.

According to Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson, nearby surveillance cameras showed a woman walking away carrying the child. The woman, who is a potential suspect, is described as black or Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, with long black hair, wearing blue jeans and a light colored top.

Police issued an amber alert and set up a staging area to coordinate the search. Volunteers and police have since been methodically combing the area on foot, with dogs, and have even conducted water searches. No breaks have so far been reported in the case. Most recently the search has focused on the area around the Webb home along Keller Avenue and Greenridge Drive (map below). The area behind the development is fairly wooded with walking trails and a dense enough canopy that makes searching by air difficult.

Daphne is described as black, with short curly black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pair of orange two-piece pajamas with pink hearts, and pink socks.

Anyone with any information on the toddler’s whereabouts is urged to call Oakland police at (510) 238-3641 or 911.

Map showing area around Daphne's home.

Map showing area around Daphne's home.

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