The body of missing 2-year-old Nalani Johnson was discovered on Tuesday in Pine Ridge Park in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. The toddler was allegedly abducted by a 25-year-old Uber driver, Sharena Nancy Saturday evening.
District Attorney Patrick Dougherty revealed the heart-wrenching discovery in a news conference according to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 .
“Unfortunately, we can confirm that the missing child was found here in Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County,” Dougherty said at the conference.
Dougherty also added that the Pennsylvania State Police, the District Attorney’s Office, and the FBI are working “hand-in-hand” on the case.
The cause of Nalani’s death is not yet known, however, an investigation into the incident is ongoing and an autopsy is will be performed this week.
Sharena Nancy, was arrested for allegedly kidnapping Nalani and is in Allegheny County Jail. She is facing charges of kidnapping of a minor, interference with custody of children and concealment of the whereabouts of a child.
Nancy is accused of speeding off with the little girl on Saturday evening after she dropped off Nalani’s father, Paul Johnson.
When Nancy was arrested a few hours after the incident, Nalani was not with her and could not be found.
Police say officers received a call from the toddler’s father at around 5 p.m., claiming his daughter had been kidnapped by Nancy and that she had fled in a black Yaris SUV.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by WTAE, Nalani’s father alleged that he was in a car driven by Nancy with his daughter and a friend when they stopped at an intersection to get out. He told police that when he stepped out of the vehicle, Nancy drove off with his daughter. He stated that he tried to call Nancy on her cell phone but she never picked up.
Nancy was apprehended in nearby Monroeville, PA about around 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Nancy’s store was very different than the toddler’s father.
Nancy told police Nalani’s father asked her to take his daughter to an “unnamed Individual” who bought the child for $10,000, WTAE reports.
Nancy allegedly claimed she dropped off the child with a person driving a silver SUV and out-of-state plates.
Police have not tracked down or found any evidence pertaining to the SUV, according to the complaint.
“Sharena Nancy and Paul Johnson became acquainted intermittently over the last few months — so they were known to each other,” Superintendent McDonough said at a news conference held with Nelani’s grandmother. “They were friends, they were in the beginnings of an intermittent romantic relationship.”
“We believe that an argument ensued at approximately 5 p.m. or so. Mr. Johnson and [Johnson’s friend] exited the vehicle with the intention of taking Nalani with them when Ms. Nancy pulled away with the child in the vehicle.”
Nancy’s husband, Raihan Uddin who is currently overseas, told KDKA that
“She has me on the dashboard, so I mean I saw the car – the
Uddin said he spoke to his wife again after her arrest and she denied having anything to do with the child’s disappearance.
“I don’t know if she did or if she didn’t,” he said. “One part of me believes that she can. Another part is like – nothing’s been found. It has to be solved and you can’t make conclusions.”
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tip Line at 1-833-255-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.