A 3 year old girl missing from Wapato has been found safe.
Authorities canceled Amber’s warning to Melody Lopez on Tuesday night, saying the suspect who took her was now detained.
According to Wapato police, 32-year-old Jose Lopez-Madrigal is waiting for Melody’s mother and toddler to return home Monday afternoon, standing outside an apartment near South Kateri Lane.
When the mother arrived around 4:30 pm with Melody, 3, the police said Lopez-Madrigal asked her to read the notes written on the cellphone she was holding.
Police said when the mother repeatedly refused, Lopez-Madrigal grabbed the girl and left, with her chasing him.
Lopez-Madrigal reportedly pulled out a knife and pointed it at the mother, who stopped and ran back to get help from neighbors.
When Lopez-Madrigal withdraws, the neighbor can take a blue picture of a 1999 Honda Odyssey minivan with a Washington license plate and ANH1733 license number.
Police said the long note left on the cellphone contained information indicating Lopez-Madrigal committed suicide. Investigators also believe that Lopez-Madrigal planned to take the child before the incident occurred.
About three hours later, around 8 pm, Lopez-Madrigal was seen walking near South Wasco Avenue and West Fifth Street – about a mile from where Melody was taken.
Police believe Lopez-Madrigal can call someone to pick him up and the boy is from the area.
At 8:22 pm, the authorities issued an AMBER Warning with a description of Lopez-Madrigal, Melody and a vehicle that they believed was traveling.
Shortly thereafter, officers found the Lopez-Madrigal minivan left in a parking lot near West Fourth Street and South Yakima Avenue, a few blocks away from where he was seen.
Police said Lopez-Madrigal had not been part of Melody’s life for at least six months and had no custody of him, adding that they believed he was in danger.
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