Bianca Jones Search Continues, Father Fails Polygraph
As the search continues for Bianca Jones, the 2-year-old Detroit girl missing since an alleged carjacking Friday morning while driving with her father, Detroit police are questioning the accuracy of the initial testimony of her disappearance.
Although police would not comment on the "quantity nor the quality of any evidence or information" gathered in the case, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said in a statement that the police were giving the story of 32-year-old Deandre Lane, the child's father, a thorough examination, the Free Press reported.
"In the interest of allaying some of the fears of the public regarding the apparent randomness of Bianca's disappearance, the authenticity and credibility of the original version of events is under intense scrutiny by our investigative team," Godbee said.
According to Lane, two men forced him at gunpoint from his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis on Brush and Carter near Grand Boulevard, Friday morning, and drove off with his daughter in the vehicle's back seat, the Detroit News reports.
About 10 minutes after receiving a report of the incident, police found the car less than a mile away from where it was stolen, but with the toddler missing.
The police department released a composite sketch of one of the suspects who is described as a Black Male, six feet tall, weighing 185 pounds with a medium complexion, light scraggly beard, wearing a black shirt, black pants and a brown hat.
"There are some anomalies in this case," Godbee told the Free Press. "Some things are atypical, but that does not mitigate the fact of where Bianca is."
A police source, cited by the Detroit News, said Lane took a polygraph test on Friday and failed, with low scores on "Did you have anything to do with her disappearance?" and "Do you know where she is now?"
Lane recently served two years in prison on firearm and drug charges and is currently being held on a warrant not related to his daughter's disappearance, the Detroit News also reports.
Detroit police, along with the FBI, Michigan State Police, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and several community groups are currently working together to locate Jones.
Bianca Jones is described as 2 feet 5 inches tall and 25 pounds with a light complexion, and had on a purple jacket with gold trim, pink tights and pink shoes.
"We only want Bianca back. That's all we care about," Bianca's mother, Banika Jones, told the Free Press. "We just want you to bring her back safe and sound or leave her somewhere safe."
Anyone with information and/or tips is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-2260 or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587).