DETROIT - Police and volunteers in Detroit have extended the search through the weekend for a two-year-old girl reportedly taken in a carjacking. After Sunday, the organized search for Bianca Jones will be scaled back.
Hundreds of people have helped city and state police, Detroit firefighters and the FBI search abandoned houses, fields and alleys in neighborhoods. Searchers have been focused in areas on Detroit's east side, between Interstate 75 and Chene and Interstate 94 and Warren Avenue.
Bianca was last seen December 2, when her father, D'Andre Lane, said a carjacker took off with his car that had the girl still strapped inside. His car was found just minutes later but, Bianca was not inside.
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee has said "the authenticity and credibility of the original version of events" are "under intense scrutiny" from detectives.
In an interview with Local 4, Lane said he has answering all of the questions police have been asking him.
"All this stuff that's going on, there's a lot of speculation and things being said in the media and people thinking what they want to think," he said. "I mean, the truth will come out. I'm not worried about all that. All I'm worried about is my baby coming home and I'm cooperating with police in every aspect of the investigation. Anything they need from me they just need to get in contact with us and we'll be there."
Volunteers Local 4 talked with said their motivation to join the search is out of pure compassion for the 2-year-old.
"We're not out here to point fingers or blame anyone. We're just out here hoping, that, you know, we would find her," said volunteer Brenda Smith.
Volunteer Sam Lucido lost his own daughter to a medical condition.
"She was my life, my motivation. I can't see another mother or father, regardless of what the accusations are, I can't see anymore parents without their children that they deserve," Lucido said.
Several firefighters have donated their time to help search inside vacant buildings.
"Hopefully, she's alive and in good health," said Detroit firefighter Chris Lane. "Hopefully, someone picked her up or whatever."
Bianca's mother, Banika Jones, said she's grateful for the outpouring of support.
"I want to tell you that you have my deepest, heartfelt gratitude," she said.
Volunteers had been using Metropolitan United Methodist Church on Woodward Avenue as a staging area. Sunday's search will be based from DPD Central District at 7310 Woodward.
There is a $25,000 reward to help find Jones.
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