Search resumes for kidnapping victim

February 5, 2009 6:58:00 PM PST
Authorities are plotting their next move in the search for a Pearland woman who was kidnapped three days ago. This, as a new clue surfaces in the search for the people who abducted her.[LISTEN: Audio of 911 call from a witness to the kidnapping]

Authorities and relatives are holding out hope that they will find Susana DeJesus alive and unharmed. Right now Brazoria County investigators they are out questioning people and they are trying to find out more about DeJesus' life as they follow-up on several leads that they have.

She disappeared after leaving the Catherines Plus Size store in Pearland Monday night around 9:30pm. A co-worker says a masked man forced the woman into her car at gunpoint and drove away.

Police say the co-worker was so traumatized from the incident it took her nearly two hours to call 911.

DeJesus' bank card was used at an ATM at the Washington Mutual Bank on Old Spanish Trail about an hour after the being forced into her car. Investigators released a surveillance photo taken at the bank.

It shows a man in her car, wearing a mask, a cap, and a watch as he waits for cash. It is unclear if DeJesus is still in the car. The car was later found abandoned at an apartment complex in southwest Houston.

Family and friends are doing all they can to aid in the search for a widow that has no known enemies and loved to cooked for her family and friends. Her husband was killed last year in a fiery crash off the Gulf Freeway.

Blood hounds were used Wednesday to track her scent but they came up with nothing. Today those dogs will be back out, along with Texas Equusearch volunteers.

Texas Equusearch is scouting possible areas where a body, or at least evidence, could possibly be dumped. They say there is a lot of territory to cover between the points of where the incident happened, the ATM machine where her car was spotted and where the car was found.

The Captain of Brazoria County sheriff's office says he has not given up hope. He says he is looking for a living, and breathing individual right now.

We spoke to the FBI and they say they are keeping a close eye on this case, but say they have not gotten involved in the investigation thus far.

If you see DeJesus, or know anything about this crime, please call the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office at 281-756-2392.

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