Family of Four is Still Missing in Merced, California after being Kidnapped at Gunpoint

Authorities are asking for help solve the kidnapping of a family of four in Merced, California. The family is still missing with a person in custody.

(Source: FOX 11 News)

ABC 30 News reported that on 3 October 2022, a family of four was kidnapped from their trucking business on South Highway 59 in Merced, California.

The family members kidnapped:

  • 8-month-old child Aroohi Dheri
  • 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaur
  • 36-year-old father Jasdeep Singh
  • 39-year-old uncle of baby, Amandeep Singh

Brief Timeline of Events on October 3, 2022

8:30 a.m. ABC described the day of the kidnapping, as Jasdeep Singh first arrived at the business, and his brother, Amandeep Singh arrived minutes later in his truck.

An individual (a suspect) was walking along the highway near the business that made contact with Jasdeep, and they walked back to the business building, and then the suspect was seen pulling out a gun as he entered the business.

9:11 a.m. — Video surveillance shows the back door of the business open with the suspect leaving with Jasdeep and Amandeep in tow, with their hands zip-tied behind their backs. They were put into the back of the truck and then the truck left.

The truck returned a few minutes later and the video showed Jasleen Kaur and her 8-month-old baby leaving the business from the back door. The video showed the truck leaving with them inside.

Authorities identified Jesus Manuel Salgado, 48, as a person of interest, first from the surveillance footage, and then later confirmed after using the victim’s ATM card.

(Source: ABC 30 News)

FOX 11 News reported that the kidnapper “destroyed unspecified evidence in an attempt to cover his tracks.” Later detectives were able to confirm his identity from a surveillance photo taken at an ATM in Atwater, California, which is about 9 miles from Merced.

Jesus Manuel Salgado has a prior criminal record from a robbery in 2005 and was paroled in 2015. The Sheriff’s office is examining if robbery was a motive in this kidnapping. (Source: FOX 11 News)

Updates on the kidnapping investigation are below.

Updates on the Kidnapping Case from Merced County Sheriff’s Office

First Update, Posted on October 3, 2022:

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of Jesus Manuel Salgado, someone they consider a person of interest in the kidnapping that took place on 3 October 2022, seen on surveillance video.

Source: Merced County Sherriff’s Office

The Merced County Sherriff’s Office wrote this on their Facebook page:

“UPDATE! We believe this to be the suspect in today’s kidnapping. He is described as a light-complected male with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a hoodie. We consider the suspect to be armed and dangerous. If you see this person, please call 9.1.1 and do not approach him or the victims. We’re asking that anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect to contact the Merced County Sherriff’s Office Investigations Bureau at 209.385.7445.” (Source: Merced County Sherriff’s Office)

Second Update, Posted on October 4, 2022:

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office posted this photo of Jesus Manuel Salgado, who they believe is a suspect in the kidnapping that took place on 3 October 2022.

Source: Merced County Sherriff’s Office

The Merced County Sherriff’s Office wrote this on their Facebook page:


UPDATE - It was determined that the photo of the person at the ATM was not the person of interest that is in custody. The victim’s ATM card was used, however we are working with the bank to obtain the correct photo.

On October 4, 2022, in the morning hours, Merced County Sheriff Detectives received information that one of the victim’s ATM cards was used at an ATM located at a bank in the City of Atwater. Investigators obtained the surveillance photo of a subject making a bank transaction where the person is similar in appearance to the surveillance photo from the original kidnapping scene. At approximately noon, working in conjunction with our local law enforcement partners, the Sheriff’s Office received information that identified Jesus Manuel Salgado (48-years-old) as a person of interest in this investigation. Prior to law enforcement involvement, Salgado attempted to take his own life. Salgado is in our custody, currently receiving medical attention and in critical condition.

The Sheriff’s Office, with the help of several law enforcement agencies continue to actively look for the eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur (27), Jasdeep Singh (36) and her uncle Amandeep Singh (39) whom have not been found. Investigators continue to follow up on all leads and are working diligently to find the family. We continue to ask for the public’s help with any information that may assist us in locating the family’s whereabouts. If you have any information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of the victims, please call our tip line at 209.385.7547. The tip can be confidential.

The Sheriff’s Office will be holding a Press Conference on October 5, 2022 at 10:00AM at the Merced County Board Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Merced County Build at 2222 “M” Street, Merced, Ca 95340. Due to limited space we are asking that all media personnel have media credentials with them.”

(Source: Merced County Sherriff’s Office)

Source: ABC30 News

Jesus Manuel Salgado in Police Custody in Critical Condition

ABC 30 News reported that Jesus Manuel Salgado “attempted to take his own life ‘prior to law enforcement involvement,’” and was found in “critical condition and receiving medical attention.”

Speaking about Jesus Manuel Salgado, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said:

“We don’t know if there’s prior history with the person of interest and the family….that person right now is our sole lead.” -Vern Warnke, Merced County Sheriff (Source: ABC 30 News)

If You Have Any Information Regarding This Case

Many people are very concerned for the family of four that was abducted on 3 October 2022, and rightfully so. Hopefully, they will be found alive soon.

If you have any information that can help with the Merced County Sherriff’s Office investigation of this kidnapping case, please call (209) 385–7547.


FOX 11 Digital Team. “Suspect in California family’s kidnapping in custody; family still missing.” FOX 11 News. 4 October 2022.

Merced County Sheriff's Office official Facebook page.

Shapiro, Emily. “Surveillance video shows armed suspect kidnapping missing family.” ABC 30 News. 5 October 2022.

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