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Woman Charged With Taking Missing Girl Offers Up a Story

Sharena Nancy allegedly told police the toddler's father sold her
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2019 9:35 AM CDT
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Aujah Johnson, 17, tapes a missing person flyer to the entrance of the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, Pa., Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, while searching for Nalani Johnson, her 1-year-old niece from Penn Hills, Pa., who was reported missing since Saturday.   (Christian Snyder/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

(Newser) – "Abductor was found," tweeted Pennsylvania State Police in a Tuesday morning tweet. But the toddler who was taken is still missing. That "abductor" is a reference to Sharena Nancy, who allegedly rode off with Nalani Johnson in a car bearing Uber/Lyft stickers on Saturday night. The child has been missing since. CNN reports Paul Johnson says he and a friend exited Nancy's car and that Nancy rode off as he tried to get Nalani out of her car seat. His calls to Nancy went unanswered so he called 911 around 5pm; police tell KDKA they found Johnson "crying and visible upset." Police arrested Nancy around 7:30pm, but Nalani wasn't in the car. The Post-Gazette reports Allegheny County believe Nancy was in the Blairsville, New Alexandria, and Delmont area during 2.5-hour period.

Nancy claimed Johnson told her that he had sold his daughter to someone for $10,000 and requested that she facilitate the hand-off. She says he instructed her to depart a gas station in Monroeville and take US Route 22 for 20 minutes until she saw a woman who would flag her down and take the child. And that's allegedly what she said happened when she came upon a woman in a silver SUV that didn't have Pennsylvania plates. Nalani's grandmother tells KDKA her son didn't know Nancy "personally"; it's unclear how he came to be in the car. Uber says no trips were taken on the app over the weekend under Nancy's name, and Lyft says the "incident did not happen on the Lyft platform." Nancy is being held at the Allegheny County jail on charges of kidnapping, custody interference, and concealment of whereabouts of a child. KDKA reports police are asking people to be on the lookout for Nalani's black and gray Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster Seat. (Read more missing child stories.)

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