WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police and the FBI are investigating a shooting that left a 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda dead, and her newborn infant, Sophia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca, missing in west Wichita. It happened between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of North Brunswick. That’s northwest of Maple and Ridge Road.
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Police Lt. Todd Ojile said during a news conference Friday that the week-old infant’s father returned home from work Thursday to find the girl missing and her 27-year-old mother dead. The child’s father called 911. Ojile says the child is believed to be in danger.
In an afternoon press conference, Lt. Ojile said they are asking the public to report anyone who has unexpectedly had a child they are showing off or taking care of.
As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, Chief Gordon Ramsay told KSN, “We have no information. That’s why I’m here, just pleading for information. No tip is too small. Any tip is helpful.”
FRIDAY AFTERNOON POLICE BRIEFING
Police initially said they were working with the KBI to get an Amber Alert issued. However, the KBI said it doesn’t meet their criteria. At 5:45 p.m. Thursday, police issued the following statement.
“There has been no Amber Alert issued, nor do I think there will be. It does not meet the criteria based by KBI to issue an Amber Alert,” said Sgt. Nikki Woodrow, Wichita Police Department.
KSN News asked the KBI for clarification and received the following response.
“Regarding the current situation, we have specific criteria that must be met before an Amber Alert is issued. We are awaiting confirmation on pertinent details to determine whether an alert can be issued in this instance. Please stay posted in case an alert is issued.”
Officers canvassed the neighborhood talking with neighbors.
“We’ve contacted everybody around here. Everybody knows what’s going on obviously. We’ve knocked on doors, looked for little Sophia around here so there’s no safety concerns around here,” said Woodrow.
Earlier, police were looking for a 1997 purple Cadillac in connection to the case. However, late Thursday evening, Woodrow said police had contacted the owner of that car, and the vehicle was no longer being sought in connection with the case.
Also late Thursday, police interviewed numerous family members and friends. They learned the last contact with the mother was just before 1 p.m.
If you have any information about the case, you’re asked to call 911 or 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The tip line will be monitored on a 24 hour basis.