2-year-old girl missing in Pittsburgh area after driver sped off with her in car – NBC News

2-year-old girl missing in Pittsburgh area after driver sped off with her in car - NBC News
Missing Pennsylvania toddler found dead, DA said
Authorities discovered the body of a 2-year-old girl in western Pennsylvania on Tuesday, three days after they said she was kidnapped by a woman who speeded off with the girl in her car.

The body of Nalani Johnson was discovered in Pine Ridge Park, in Indiana County about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty said. He said no details on the cause or time of death were immediately available pending an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.

The child's father, Paul Johnson, told cops Nancy, described as a jitney driver, took his daughter after she gave them a ride, according to reports. He said Nancy sped away with Nalani and Nalani’s car seat, leaving him and a friend behind.

Dougherty said Sharena Islam Nancy, 25, remained in custody on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody of children and concealment of whereabouts of a child.

“When Ms. Nancy was stopped by the Penn Hills Police on Saturday evening following the abduction of Nalani, the car seat was not located within the vehicle,” Allegheny County police said Monday.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Allegheny County, investigators said Nancy drove off with Nalani after the girls father, Paul Johnson, 21, got out of Nancys 2017 Toyota Yaris near Bryant and Clay drives in the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills on Saturday afternoon.

The Pocono Record quoted a criminal complaint as saying that Nancy alleged during an interview with cops that Johnson sold his daughter for $10,000.

Responding officers said that they found Johnson “crying and visibly upset” and that he told police “that Sharena Islam Nancy had just kidnapped Johnsons daughter,” the complaint said.

Police issued an Amber Alert before Nancy was pulled over about a mile away at 7:26 p.m., according to the court document.

No attorney was listed in court documents for Nancy, and a listed number for her could not be found, the Associated Press reported.

“At the time of that stop, neither the child nor the childs seat were located in the vehicle,” Allegheny County police Supt. Coleman McDonough told reporters Tuesday.

Nancy is being held on charges of kidnapping of a minor, custodial interference and concealment of the whereabouts of a child.

Nancy told investigators that Johnson was selling Nalani for $10,000 and that she helped with the scheme by dropping off the child at a gas station along U.S. Route 22 in nearby Monroeville, according to the complaint.

The complaint said Nancy told her interviewers that Johnson instructed her to drive Nalani to a woman who would take her.

“At this point, we have nothing to corroborate or suggest that version of events is credible,” McDonough said.


Johnson and Nancy had become “acquainted through social media” in recent months and were “in the beginning of an intermittent romantic relationship,” according to McDonough.

They and a friend of Johnsons, Justin Rouse, had spent several hours together on Saturday before they got into an argument, police said.

Nalani Johnson, who turns 2 this month, was reported kidnapped in Penn Hills on Saturday, police said.

“At that point, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Rouse exited the vehicle with the intention of taking Nalani with them, and Ms. Nancy pulled away with the child in the vehicle,” McDonough said.

The case drew national attention when it was learned that Nancys car bore Lyft and Uber stickers on its front passenger-side window. But in the end, the incident appeared to have nothing to do with the ride-sharing services.

Lyft said in a statement Tuesday that Nancy wasnt driving on-duty at the time of the alleged kidnapping and that “we have permanently banned this individual from driving with Lyft.”

Uber told NBC affiliate WPXI of Pittsburgh that no one using the name Sharena Nancy used its app during the weekend.

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