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A search crew is scoured the area near Oakland's Merritt College yesterday hoping to find clues to the whereabouts of baby Daphne Webb who disappeared in July but at the end of the day they didn’t find anything.
Oakland police Sgt. Mike
Gantt told reporters at a morning news conference at a mobile command unit set up the
college, located at 12500 Campus Drive,
that there is a two-pronged investigation in the search for 22-month-old Daphne Webb who was reported missing
on July 10.
Daphne's father, 49-year-old
John Anthony Webb, of Oakland, reported the baby missing shortly after 11
a.m. He told police that she was taken
by a stranger while she was in a parked car with his 87-year-old mother while he was at the Gazza Supermarket at 7838
International Blvd. to buy
Missing person investigators
are looking into the case along with a homicide unit, Gantt said.
"We are pretty confident we are going to find out what happened to this baby," Gantt said to reporters this morning.
A 45-member search team from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office is worked with six cadaver dogs and K-9 units and other search technology in parks near the college, according to Alameda County sheriff's search and rescue unit Chief Ron Seitz.
Search team members also looked at Joaquin Miller Park on the other side of Skyline Boulevard near the college, Seitz said.
Previous searches for Daphne were held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline near Doolittle Drive and Swan Way, near the Oakland airport.
Police said today's search is based on new information police have received.
Webb was arrested by Oakland police in the days after the baby was reported missing, but he was released from custody when charges were dropped.
He remains a person of interest but is not a suspect, police said.
Daphne is described by police as black with short, curly black hair and she has a deformity on her left ear. She is 2 feet tall and weighs 30 pounds.
She was last seen wearing orange two-piece pajamas with pink hearts.
Daphne lives with her father and grandmother in the 800 block of Greenridge Drive, off Keller Avenue, just south of today's search location, according to police.
Daphne's mother lives elsewhere and is not considered a suspect, according to police.
A reward for information
about Daphne's disappearance has grown to
$20,000, FBI officials announced Friday.
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