Sandra was last seen on March 27, 2009. She may still be in the local area. Sandra was last seen wearing a pink Hello Kitty shirt and a striped dress.
According to the Tracy Press:
The Tracy Police Department has set up a mobile command post on West Clover Road as a helicopter searches the area for an 8-year-old girl who has been missing since Friday afternoon.
Sandra Cantu was last seen at 4 p.m. Friday, and the official search began at 8:15 p.m., police said. She was supposed to be at a friend’s house in the Orchard Estates mobile home park, where she lives, but she wasn’t found there.
Police have searched all night. The FBI, California Highway Patrol, San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Tracy Volunteers in Police Services, Tracy Community Emergency Response Team, Tracy Fire Department and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are helping in the investigation.
Sandra is described as 4 feet tall and 85 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a pink Hello Kitty T-shirt and black leggings.
Anyone with information that would be helpful in the investigation is asked to call the Tracy police at 831-4550 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
Note: Her picture has been updated at the NCMEC - Sandra Cantu
A nonprofit group, the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation, has offered a $5,000 reward for information that would help police find Sandra. Tracy Crimestoppers and the FBI already said they’d award $2,000 for information leading to her whereabouts.
Anyone with information about Sandra’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Tracy police at 831-4550, Tracy Crimestoppers at 831-6847 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.
Police are investigating two men they say are “persons of interest” in the disappearance of an 8-year-old California girl.
Sandra Cantu was last seen 4 p.m. on March 27, when a surveillance video camera recorded her walking away from her family’s mobile home in Tracy, Calif. Her mother reported her missing at about 8 p.m.
A Tracy police spokesman said officers searched the homes and towed the vehicles of the two men Monday.
Items collected in the searches were turned over to the FBI crime lab for analysis.
Police are not saying why the two men attracted the attention of investigators. Their names have not been released
Is one of the suspects, identified as Chris Sinclair, an innocent bystander similar to Robert Murat and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann?
One of the two people of interest is a man named Chris Sinclair. FBI agents arrested him at his house Monday night on an unrelated matter. He says when it comes to the disappearance of Sandra Cantu, he is an innocent man
Update 04-01-09: Six search warrants served in missing girl case
TRACY — Investigators on Tuesday were searching three impounded vehicles for clues in the case of an 8-year-old Tracy girl who has been missing for nearly five days.The vehicles were taken to the Tracy Police Department Monday night as six warrants were served. Four were on residences in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park, where all three vehicles were seized and where Sandra Cantu lives and was last seen. Another was served at a Tracy martial arts school, and the last at a home in Oakdale.Tracy police Lt. Jeremy Watney said he could not reveal what was taken from any of the sites.“At this point we haven’t ruled anyone out,” Watney said. “We haven’t arrested or detained anyone directly related to the case.”Watney said that two people were named in the search warrants and were deemed “persons of interest” by investigators. No arrests relating to Sandra’s disappearance have been made.
Update 04-03-09: Mike Galanos, CNN Headline News (HLN) is reporting a Hello Kitty shirt has been found at the dump which is being searched in her disappearance. Searchers are scouring the Tracy dump for evidence in the case of missing Sandra Cantu. He has not stated the shirt is linked to her but only that it is similar to the shirt she was last seen wearing.
The reward has been increased to $26,000.
Update 04-06-09: There are two new developments in her disappearance according to KCRA 3 News; one involves the discovery of a container and the other her father’s criminal past.
In the same article her father’s criminal past is revealed.
While the girl’s father, Daniel Cantu, is not a suspect in the case, details have emerged about his criminal past.
A search of court records in San Joaquin County Superior Court showed five criminal cases involving Daniel Cantu dating between 2001 and 2005. Charges included possession of a controlled substance; resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer; possession of a controlled substance for sale; and possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe.
Records also show the court assigned Cantu to drug court at one point, but he was dropped from the program.
According to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Cantu was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of a controlled substance for sale. He served 13 months between September 2005 and October 2006.
Update 04-07-09: Murdered Sandra Cantu
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. — A sealed container was found Monday in a San Joaquin County irrigation ditch, and investigators haven’t ruled out the possibility that it could be related to the disappearance of Sandra Cantu.
San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department spokesman Les Garcia said the container is considered a suspicious item.
A suitcase discovered by farmworkers at about 10 a.m. yesterday contained the body of missing Sandra Cantu. Her remains were found in an area previously searched. Farmworkers were draining apond to water a field at a dairy farm on Bacchetti Road when the container was discovered. An autopsy is schedule for this morning.
Update 04-10-09: Public service set for next week for Sandra Cantu
TRACY, Calif.—Members of the public will be able to attend a memorial for the eight-year-old Tracy girl who was found dead Monday after disappearing from her home.
Tracy police say the family of Sandra Cantu has set a public service for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Tracy’s Merrill F. West High School.
The service will be held in the school’s gym, which holds about 2,500 people. Overflow seating will be available in the school’s cafeteria.