Kansas Mom Shot Dead, Newborn Missing

Kansas father found girlfriend dead, baby missing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2016 5:50 AM CST
Cops Suspect Killer Might Be Claiming Newborn Is Theirs
Police released this photo of baby Sophia.   (Wichita Police)

(Newser) – Police in Kansas suspect that whoever murdered Laura Abarca-Nogueda on Thursday kidnapped her newborn baby—and may now be pretending that baby Sophia is theirs. Police have asked the public to look out for people who now have an unexpected addition to the family, the Wichita Eagle reports. "We're looking for anyone who of a sudden has a child. Or says a family member came to visit them and a new child is there all of a sudden," a Wichita Police Department spokesman says. "They're showing them off. They're buying new items. They could say it's their niece or nephew, or they didn't know they were pregnant."

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Abarca-Nogueda, 27, was found shot to death in her home on Thursday afternoon when her boyfriend, baby Sophia's father, returned from work, KWCH reports. The baby girl was born Nov. 11 and was kidnapped when she was just six days old. "My sister, she was a beautiful person. Inside and out, and she loved everybody," Abarca-Nogueda's brother says. "It's really hurtful that she's gone, but the only thing left we have from her is Sophia. And all I want is just for her to be found." Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the department is reaching out for the public's help in this "very sad and tragic case," and is urging anybody with even a "sliver" of information to come forward. (Read more Kansas stories.)

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