‘Kidnapped’ girl, 1, found dead in nature park after ‘being snatched by Uber driver and sold for £8,000’

‘Kidnapped’ girl, 1, found dead in nature park after ‘being snatched by Uber driver and sold for £8,000’

- in Usa News

A MISSING toddler has been found dead after a huge search sparked by reports she was “snatched by an Uber driver and sold for £8,000”.

The body of Nalani Johnson, 23 months, was discovered on Tuesday afternoon three days after her dad claimed rideshare driver Sharena Islam Nancy drove off with the tot in Pennsylvania.

Nalani Johnson was snatched by an Uber driver, her dad claimed
Sharena Islam Nancy allegedly drove off with the toddler in her car

Cops have not released details about the toddler’s death, or what led them to search that specific area at Pine Ridge Park.

Cops said they believe a woman “currently in custody” was involved – thought to be a reference to Nancy, 25, who is being held on a kidnapping charge.

She was in an “intermittent romantic relationship” with the girl’s father Paul Johnson, according to CNN.

Johnson reportedly claimed he, his daughter and a pal spent several hours with Nancy the day Nalani went missing.


Nancy was driving them all when they ended up having a row and he got out, police said.

But when he went to get his daughter from the car she drove off with her still in her child seat, Johnson says.

He reportedly called cops and told them his child was taken by a car with Uber and Lyft stickers in the window, sparking a massive manhunt.

But when Nancy was arrested she hit back, telling cops Johnson instructed her to deliver the child to another woman because he had “sold” his daughter for £8,000.

Johnson showed her a photo of a black woman she was supposed to meet near a petrol station, she claims.

She said she did as asked, meeting the woman and handing over the child.

Cops said they have since found no evidence to back up the driver’s claims.

But there could still be additional arrests, police said, according to the report by Action News 4.

Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty said: “Make no mistake, we are working very hard to ensure the individuals involved are brought to justice.”

Cops found the little girl’s body in Pine Ridge Park in Pennsylvania
AP:Associated Press
Mourners left heartbreaking tributes for the little girl in the park
AP:Associated Press
Nalani’s tearful gran Taji Walsh earlier begged for her granddaughter’s return
AP:Associated Press

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