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Infant of slain Wichita woman ‘considered missing and endangered’

Wichita police are asking for the public’s help to find 6-day-old Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Albarca, who is missing after her 27-year-old mother was found shot to death Thursday in the 200 block of North Brunswick. (Nov. 17, 2016)
Wichita police are asking for the public’s help to find 6-day-old Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Albarca, who is missing after her 27-year-old mother was found shot to death Thursday in the 200 block of North Brunswick. (Nov. 17, 2016) Courtesy photo

The search for a 6-day-old girl continued Thursday night, hours after her mother was found shot to death in their west Wichita residence.

The 27-year-old woman was found dead in an apartment in the 200 block of North Brunswick, near Maple and Ridge Road, when a relative came by shortly before 3:30 p.m., police said. She had last been heard from at around noon.

Police had no idea where the woman’s daughter, Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca, was as darkness fell.

“She is considered missing and endangered,” Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said of the infant. “We have no leads where she’s at.”

Investigators want to talk to anyone who has any kind of relationship with the victim, Woodrow said.

Police sent out an alert Thursday night saying the driver of a purple Cadillac who had been a person of interest in the case had been found and questioned. He is not considered to be a suspect. The infant was still missing, and police have no suspects.

Patrol cars blocked North Brunswick heading south from Second Street. Police talked to residents of the neighborhood, seeking clues or witnesses.

Several people stood outside along the block, watching as police investigated. Shortly before 6 p.m., a man drove up to Second and Brunswick and parked his truck, wailing and seemingly in grief as he emerged.

He was quickly engulfed in a hug by a small group of people who had been waiting for him. A short time later, they walked together down the block toward the building where the woman had been shot.

The child’s father is not a suspect in the woman’s death, Woodrow said.

Anyone who has information about the incident is being asked to call 316-383-4661 until midnight Thursday; after that, call 911 or local authorities, police have said.

An Amber Alert has not been issued because the case does not meet the criteria for doing so, Woodrow said. That criteria includes knowing suspect information to share with the public. At this time, she said, the Wichita Police Department does not have any suspect information, therefore no Amber Alert can be issued.

However, Woodrow said police are working closely with the KBI, and if a suspect is determined, an Amber Alert will be issued immediately.

Contributing: Amy Renee Leiker and Bryan Horwath of The Eagle

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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